Call Me (Aretha Franklin song)

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"Call Me"
Single by Aretha Franklin
from the album This Girl's in Love with You
B-side"Son of a Preacher Man"
ReleasedJanuary 21, 1970 (1970-01-21)
Format7" single
Recorded1969; Criteria Studios (Miami)
Length3:16 (single version)
3:57 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Eleanor Rigby"
"Call Me"
"Spirit in the Dark"

"Call Me" is a song written and recorded by American singer Aretha Franklin. The song was co-produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin. 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."[1] 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.[2]


Cover versions[edit]

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. It also reached number one on the Hot R&B Singles Chart.[3] Also, Danny! sampled it in 2004 for his song "When You Get There"; later that year, Kanye West also sampled it for Slum Village's moderate hit "Selfish".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ed Hogan, "Song Review" on Allmusic
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 215.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 457.

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