Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The 2015/1967 Countdown - 09/13/2016 Update

Today, we go back yet again to our 1967's Super Soulsters' Deep Cuts Review, and revisit an all-time great track that needs little introduction.

Aretha Franklin appears multiple times in our 1967 collection, but Chain Of Fools, unlike all the other tracks included, was not part of her landmark 1967 album I Never Loved A Man The Way That I Love You. Rather, the single was originally penned at the urging of Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler by veteran soul singer/songwriter Don Covay for Otis Redding.

Upon hearing a rough demo, Wexler decided the song was better suited for Aretha, and passed it along to her instead, making it the second song in this year's collection that Aretha in some way stole from Otis Redding (the other obviously being her cover of Respect).

Chain Of Fools was released late in 1967, reached #2 on the pop charts in early 1968, and would later be included on Franklin's fantastic 1968 full-length release Lady Soul.  Rolling Stone later ranked it as one of the all time 500 greatest songs in popular music, and it presently sits in the #342 position on acclaimedmusic.net.

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