(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

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"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
Single by Aretha Franklin
from the album Lady Soul
B-side "Baby, Baby, Baby"
Released September 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded 1967
Genre Soul
Length 2:45
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Jerry Wexler
Producer(s) Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Baby I Love You"
(1967)
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
(1967)
"Chain of Fools"
(1967)

"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" is a 1967 single released by American soul singer Aretha Franklin on the Atlantic label. The song was co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with input from Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler. The record was a big hit for Franklin, reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became a standard song for her. Franklin also included a live recording on the album Aretha in Paris in 1968. Versions have also been performed and recorded by Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, and many others.

Original recording[edit]

Written by the celebrated partnership of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, the song was inspired by Atlantic Records co-owner and producer Jerry Wexler. As recounted in his autobiography, Wexler, a student of African-American musical culture, had been mulling over the concept of the "natural man", when he drove by King on the streets of New York. He shouted out to her he wanted a "natural woman" song for Aretha Franklin's next album. In thanks, Goffin and King granted Wexler a co-writing credit.

The personnel on Aretha Franklin's original recording included Melvin Lastie on cornet, King Curtis and Charlie Chalmers on tenor sax, Willie Bridges on baritone sax, Spooner Oldham on piano, Jimmy Johnson on guitar, Tommy Cogbill on bass and Gene Chrisman on drums.

Later versions[edit]

Carole King performing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" in 2010

"Natural Woman" was released by Peggy Lipton in 1968 on her self-titled album on Ode Records, and by Freddie Hughes in 1968 as "Natural Man" (Wand Records 1192).

It was recorded by Carole King on her landmark 1971 album Tapestry. Laura Nyro and Labelle covered the song in a live version for the album Gonna Take A Miracle, released in 1971. Bobby Womack did a version of the song on his 1973 album Facts of Life with lyrics and title altered to "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man". Rod Stewart covered that version in 1974 for his album Smiler. Bonnie Tyler did a successful version of the song on her album It's a Heartache (known as Natural Force outside the USA) in 1978.

Whitney Houston covered the song during her Bodyguard World Tour, as part of a portion of her show, that she specifically dedicated to Aretha Franklin. (The Houston cover was never recorded as part of an official album.) Céline Dion recorded the song in 1995 for the Tapestry Revisited album. Mary J. Blige also recorded the song that year. Franklin gave a live performance of the song alongside King, Dion, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan and Shania Twain on the first VH1 Divas special in 1998.

Carole King and Gloria Estefan performed the song in May 2009 in the She's Got a Friend concerts at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. The audio from one of the performances was included on some editions of Estefan's 2013 album, The Standards. Kelly Clarkson performed the song numerous times, including during the first season of American Idol, the television special World Idol, and as a tribute to King at the 55th Grammy Awards ceremony. In 2011 Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson & Yolanda Adams covered this song at the 53rd Grammy Awards.

Mary J. Blige recording[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position[1]
1996 Dutch Singles Chart 36
1995 UK Singles Chart 23
1995 US Billboard Hot 100[2] 95
1995 US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[3] 39

Céline Dion version[edit]

"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" was released as a promotional single by Céline Dion on October 23, 1995 in the United States, Canada and Australia.[4] It was featured on a tribute album to Carole King, called Tapestry Revisited: A Tribute to Carole King from October 24, 1995. Later, Céline Dion included this track on most editions of her 1996 album Falling into You. The track was produced by David Foster. Dion's version enjoyed a moderate success on the adult contemporary charts, reaching number 9 in Canada and number 31 in the United States. In 2008, the song was featured on the U.S. version of My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection.

On April 14, 1998, Céline Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan and Carole King performed during a VH1 Divas concert at the Beacon Theatre, New York. The five vocalists were recruited by the cable music network VH1 to raise money for Save the Music, their education charity. Hyped extensively in the press, the event was a ratings' winner for VH1 - so successful, in fact, that the network arranged to have the concert released on disc and tape on October 6, 1998. At that time "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (performed by all divas) was released as a radio single around the world.

Formats and track listings[edit]

1995 promotional CD single

  1. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" – 3:40

1998 promotional CD single

  1. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (live) – 5:15
  2. "You've Got a Friend" (live) – 5:28

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[5] 47
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[6] 4
Canadian BDS Adult Contemporary Chart[7] 9
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[8] 31

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Song artist 278 - Mary J. Blige". Tsort.info. 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  2. ^ Billboard Hot 100
  3. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  4. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
  5. ^ Top Singles - Volume 63, No. 4, March 11 1996. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  6. ^ Adult Contemporary - Volume 62, No. 24, January 29 1996. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  7. ^ Canadian BDS Adult Contemporary Chart
  8. ^ Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks