Call Me (Aretha Franklin song)

"Call Me" is a song written and recorded by American singer Aretha Franklin. The song was co-produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin.

"Call Me"
Single by Aretha Franklin
from the album This Girl's in Love with You
B-side"Son of a Preacher Man"
ReleasedJanuary 21, 1970 (1970-01-21)
Recorded1969; Criteria Studios (Miami)
GenreSoul
Length3:16 (single version)
3:57 (album version)
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Aretha Franklin
Producer(s)
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Eleanor Rigby"
(1969)
"Call Me"
(1970)
"Spirit in the Dark"
(1970)

BackgroundEdit

Franklin came up with the idea for the song after she saw a young couple engaged in deep conversation on New York's Park Avenue. Before they parted, Franklin heard them say to each other: "I love you... call me."[1] With the exception of Franklin on piano, musical backing for "Call Me" was handled by members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

Chart performanceEdit

"Call Me" was released as a single in January 1970 from Aretha's This Girl's in Love with You album and became another hit for her, spending two weeks at number one on the US R&B Singles chart, while reaching number 13 on the Pop chart.[2]

PersonnelEdit

Credits are adapted from the liner notes of This Girl's in Love with You.[3][4]

Main performance

Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section

Production

Cover versionsEdit

SamplesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ed Hogan, "Song Review" on Allmusic
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 215.
  3. ^ Franklin, Aretha. "This Girl's In Love with You" (Original Album Notes). Atlantic. 1970.
  4. ^ Franklin, Aretha. "This Girl's in Love with You" (CD Re-issue Liner Notes). Rhino. 1993.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 457.