For the past two Januarys I have blogged about Motown artists covering other Motown artists. Since 2009 was the year of Motown 50 I thought I would go in another direction this January 2010 and talk about a non-Motown artist and her hit covers — The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin!
Many have covered her and sampled her but Franklin herself has done mostly covers throughout her career (as did Elvis). Songs have been written just for her by her sister(s) and others, but some of her biggest hits have been cover tunes — songs that she liked when she heard others perform them and then decided to interpret in her own style to make them her own!
Bobby Womack wrote and recorded this sweet love song in 1967 but the Wicked Wicked Wilson Pickett recorded and released it first! It zoomed right up the charts and landed at #4 on the R&B charts and #45 on the Billboard Top 100 that same year.
Womack’s released, recorded with the same musicians at the same studio as Pickett’s, did not do as well. But The Queen laid it on us and her 1973 session won out reaching #1 on the R&B charts and #19 on the Billboard Top 100.
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