Call Me (Aretha Franklin song)
|Single by Aretha Franklin|
|from the album This Girl's in Love with You|
|B-side||"Son of a Preacher Man"|
|Released||January 21, 1970|
|Recorded||1969; Criteria Studios (Miami)|
|Length||3:16 (single version)|
3:57 (album version)
|Aretha Franklin singles chronology|
Franklin came up with the idea for the song after she saw a young couple engaged in deep conversation on New York's Park Avenue. Before they parted, Franklin heard them say to each other: "I love you... call me." With the exception of Franklin on piano, musical backing for "Call Me" was handled by members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.
"Call Me" was released as a single in January 1970 from Aretha's This Girl's in Love with You album and became another hit for her, spending two weeks at number one on the US R&B Singles chart, while reaching number 13 on the Pop chart.
- Aretha Franklin – vocals, acoustic piano, additional keyboards
- Brenda Bryant – background vocals
- Cissy Houston – background vocals
- Pat Lewis – background vocals
- Barry Beckett – electric piano, Hammond organ
- Roger Hawkins – drums
- Eddie Hinton – guitar
- David Hood – bass
- Jimmy Johnson – guitar
- Ron Albert – engineer
- Tom Dowd – producer
- Chuck Kirkpatrick – engineer
- Arif Mardin – producer, arranger
- Jerry Wexler – producer
- Diana Ross's rendition of the song for her 1971 album Everything Is Everything was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Female R&B Vocal Category.
- In 1991, R&B singer Phil Perry recorded a version of this song for his album, The Heart of the Man, which reached number one on the Hot R&B Singles Chart.
- Danny! sampled it in 2004 for his song "When You Get There"
- Later in 2004, Kanye West also sampled it for Slum Village's hit "Selfish".
- Ed Hogan, "Song Review" on Allmusic
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 215.
- Franklin, Aretha. "This Girl's In Love with You" (Original Album Notes). Atlantic. 1970.
- Franklin, Aretha. "This Girl's in Love with You" (CD Re-issue Liner Notes). Rhino. 1993.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 457.