Spirit in the Dark (song)

"Spirit in the Dark" is a song written and performed by Aretha Franklin. The song was produced by Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler, and Tom Dowd.[1][better source needed]

"Spirit in the Dark"
Single by Aretha Franklin
from the album Spirit in the Dark
B-side"The Thrill Is Gone"
ReleasedAugust 1970
LabelAtlantic Records 2731
Songwriter(s)Aretha Franklin
Producer(s)Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Call Me"
"Spirit in the Dark"
"Don't Play That Song (You Lied)"


Aretha Franklin's recording of "Spirit in the Dark" features the Dixie Flyers. The song appeared on her 1970 album, Spirit in the Dark.[2][better source needed]

Chart performanceEdit

The song reached #3 on the U.S. R&B chart and #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.[3]

Aretha FranklinEdit

Chart Peak
U.S. R&B chart 3
Billboard Hot 100 23


  1. ^ Aretha Franklin, "Spirit in the Dark" Retrieved September 21, 2013
  2. ^ Aretha Franklin, Spirit in the Dark Retrieved September 21, 2013
  3. ^ Aretha Franklin, "Spirit in the Dark" Chart Positions Retrieved September 21, 2013