Break It to Me Gently (Aretha Franklin song)

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"Break It to Me Gently (Aretha Franklin song)"

"Break It to Me Gently" is a song written by Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch which was an R&B hit for Aretha Franklin in 1977. Released from the Sweet Passion album, it reached Number 1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart in June 1977. The song's success was only faintly reflected on the Billboard Hot 100 with a Number 85 peak, before dropping out of the Hot 100 after two weeks. "Break It to Me Gently" would be Franklin's final Atlantic single to appear on the Hot 100 - from which she would be absent until 1980.[1]




  • Producers – Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer-Sager.
  • Co-Producers – David Paich and Marty Paich.
  • Engineers – Frank Kemjar.
  • Mixed at Studio 55 (Los Angeles, CA).


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 216.