Aretha Franklin Never Loved

Aretha Franklin Never Loved

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Aretha Franklin Never Loved

On March 10, 1967, Aretha Franklin released her 11th album, but her first on Atlantic. She had had limited success while under cotract with Columbia Records.

In January 1967 she had signed to Atlantic Records and under the aegis of Jerry Wexler she traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record at  Rick Hall’s FAME Studios to record the song, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You).” Tom Dowd was the engineer and the musicians of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section played.

Quite a backing!

  • King Curtis – tenor saxophone
  • Carolyn Franklin – background vocals
  • Erma Franklin – background vocals
  • Cissy Houston – background vocals
  • Willie Bridges – baritone saxophone
  • Charles Chalmers – tenor saxophone
  • Gene Chrisman, Roger Hawkins – drums
  • Tommy Cogbill – bass
  • Jimmy Johnson – guitar
  • Melvin Lastie – trumpet, cornet
  • Chips Moman – guitar
  • Dewey Oldham – keyboards
Aretha Franklin Never Loved

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Atlantic had released the single of I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You on February 10 and it would reach #1 on the R & B chart on March 25 and stayed there until May 12.

Atlantic released her next single, Respect, on April 29. It reached #1 on the R & B  chart a week after I Never Loved a May the Way I Love You left. Respect stayed there until July 14. 

The album itself eventually was certified a gold album.

Side one
  1. “Respect” (Otis Redding) – 2:29
  2. “Drown in My Own Tears” (Henry Glover) – 4:07
  3. “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” (Ronnie Shannon) – 2:51
  4. “Soul Serenade” (Curtis Ousley, Luther Dixon) – 2:39
  5. “Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream” (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) – 2:23
  6. “Baby, Baby, Baby” (Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin) – 2:54
Side two
  1. “Dr. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business)” (Aretha Franklin, Ted White) – 3:23
  2. “Good Times” (Sam Cooke) – 2:10
  3. “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (Dan Penn, Chips Moman) – 3:16
  4. “Save Me” (Curtis Ousley, Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin) – 2:21
  5. “A Change Is Gonna Come” (Sam Cooke) – 4:20
Aretha Franklin Never Loved

More honors

A year later In February 1968, Franklin earned a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

In June 1968, she appeared on the cover of Time magazine.

Aretha Franklin Never Loved

And in 2014 she sang at the White House. And 47 years later Aretha Franklin could still sing the socks off the song.

Aretha Franklin Never Loved

Reference: Paste magazine article: “50 Years the Queen: Aretha Franklin’s Seminal Album I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You Hits the Half-Century Mark”

Aretha Franklin Never Loved
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