Rock Steady (Aretha Franklin song)
|Single by Aretha Franklin|
|from the album Young, Gifted and Black|
|B-side||"Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)"|
|Released||November 26, 1971|
|Recorded||Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York, 1971|
|Producer||Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler|
|Aretha Franklin singles chronology|
"Rock Steady" is a song written and performed by Aretha Franklin and released in 1971, from the album Young, Gifted and Black. The single reached the #9 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts that same year. It also peaked at #2 on the Best Selling Soul Singles chart. The B-side, "Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)" peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Best Selling Soul Singles chart.
It was also used as a diegetic track in Driver: San Francisco.
- Aretha Franklin – vocal, piano
- Donny Hathaway – electric piano, organ
- Bernard Purdie – drums
- Cornell Dupree – guitar
- Richard Tee – organ
- Chuck Rainey – bass guitar
- The Sweethearts of Soul — backing vocals
- Robert Popwell, Dr. John – percussion
- The Memphis Horns
- Gene Paul – engineer
- Jerry Wexler – production
- Tom Dowd – horn arrangement, production
- Arif Mardin – flute, vocal and horn arrangement, production
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||9|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||2|
- The Jackson Sisters recorded a whip-snapping cover of the song in 1976 for their sole eponymous album. Prince released a version on his 2007 live album, Indigo Nights. The song features Beverley Knight.
- In 2008 the song was sampled by Japanese R&B singer Namie Amuro in her own song, "Rock Steady"
- Richard Elliot also covered this song as an Instrumental in 2010 off his album, Rock Steady. Aretha's Vocals were replaced by Rich's Saxophone.
- Dawn Robinson of the group En Vogue did a solo cover of the song on 1998's Dr. Dolittle soundtrack.
- Jisi, Chris. "Aretha Franklin's “Rock Steady”". Bass Player. New Bay Media. Archived from the original on 2007-07-06. – session details
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics