Ain't No Way
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|"Ain't no Way"|
|Single by Aretha Franklin|
|from the album Lady Soul|
|A-side||"(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone"|
|Aretha Franklin singles chronology|
Written by Carolyn Franklin, her sister Aretha recorded the song and released it on her acclaimed Lady Soul album. Released as the b-side of her top five hit single, "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone", the song peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Hot R&B Singles Chart in 1968. Carolyn and members of the Sweet Inspirations performed backing vocals on the track. The Sweet Inspirations' founder Cissy Houston showcased her operatic like upper range during Franklin's bridges and the ending of the track.
In 1983, Whitney Houston made her world debut on Merv Griffin Show singing the tune with mother Cissy Houston. Whitney performed the track several times during her 1994 U.S. Bodyguard World Tour. In 1997, she performed it live on her 1997 HBO special, Classic Whitney Live from Washington, D.C., and the 1999 VH-1 Divas Live special as a duet with Mary J. Blige.
In 2005, Blige covered the track as a duet with Patti LaBelle off LaBelle's Classic Moments album, with their version peaking at number 18 on the R&B charts. LaBelle had performed the song as a tribute to Franklin at the Essence Awards in 1994.
Christina Aguilera performed the song to great acclaim in a tribute to Aretha during the 53rd Grammy Awards. Also, Amber Riley, who portrays Mercedes Jones in Glee, covered the song for the show. In 2011, Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart covered the song in their collaborative album, Don't Explain . In 2013, singer Sasha Allen performed the song in The Voice.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||16|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues||9|
- Lead vocal by Aretha Franklin
- Background vocals by the Sweet Inspirations and Carolyn Franklin
- Additional background vocals by Cissy Houston
- Produced by Jerry Wexler