(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone

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"(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone"
Single by Aretha Franklin
from the album Lady Soul
B-side "Ain't No Way"
Released March 1968
Format 7" single
Genre Soul
Length 2:25
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Aretha Franklin, Teddy White
Producer(s) Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
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"(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone"

"(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" is a classic song by R&B singer Aretha Franklin. Released from her Lady Soul album in 1968, the song was successful, debuting at #32 and peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 for five weeks, and spending three weeks at #1 on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart. The B-side, "Ain't No Way" was also a hit, peaking at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart.[1]

A live recording was featured on the 1968 album, Aretha in Paris.


Gary Puckett & The Union Gap released a version of the song on their 1968 album, Young Girl, and the pianist Ramsey Lewis recorded an instrumental version on his 1968 album, Maiden Voyage.

Kate Ceberano released a version of the song on her 1989 album, Brave.

Whitney Houston performed the song in a tribute to Franklin on her 1997 HBO special, Classic Whitney Live from Washington, D.C.. The song was included in a medley with Franklin's "Baby I Love You" and "Ain't No Way".

In 2012, Christine Anu covered the song on her album, Rewind: The Aretha Franklin Songbook.

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues 1


  • Aretha Franklin - lead vocals
  • Jimmy Johnson and Bobby Womack - guitars
  • Spooner Oldham - electric piano
  • Tommy Cogbill - bass
  • Roger Hawkins - drums
  • Melvin Lastie, Joe Newman, Bernie Glow - trumpets
  • Tony Studd - bass trombone
  • King Curtis, Seldon Powell, Frank Wess - tenor saxophones
  • Haywood Henry - baritone saxophone
  • The Sweet Inspirations, Carolyn & Erma Franklin - background vocals
  • horn arrangement: Arif Mardin


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 215. 

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Preceded by
"(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding
Billboard's Hot Rhythm & Blues number one single
April 6–20, 1968
Succeeded by
"I Got the Feelin'" by James Brown