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Aretha Franklin: Say A Little Prayer For You

August 15, 2016

It's rare for competing versions of a hit song to be released so close together, and finish so close on the charts. That happened in late 1967 and less than a year later with a Burt Bacharach-Hal David song. As was his custom, Bacharach gave Dionne Warwick first shot at I Say A Little Prayer, and even though he wasn't satisfied with the single version of it, Warwick's original take came out in late '67 and made it to number nine on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Aretha Franklin went down south, to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and recorded a southern-fried version of I Say A Little Prayer, releasing it in the summer of '68.

 

Aretha's version made it to number ten on the Hot 100, capping off a string of nine straight top ten songs for her. Both Dionne Warwick's and Aretha Franklin's versions of I Say A Little Prayer made it to the Top 10 of Billboard's R&B chart, and Aretha's version was certified gold for sales of more than a million copies. Oddly, both versions were originally intended as the "B" sides of other songs, before radio DJ's flipped them over and made I Say A Little Prayer the hit side. This is Lady Soul, Aretha's version.   @therealdonrocks

 

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