Freeway of Love
|"Freeway of Love"|
|Single by Aretha Franklin|
|from the album Who's Zoomin' Who?|
|B-side||"Until You Say You Love Me"|
|Length||4:09 (single edit)
5:52 (album version)
|Writer(s)||Jeffrey Cohen, Narada Michael Walden|
|Producer(s)||Narada Michael Walden|
|Aretha Franklin singles chronology|
"Freeway of Love" is a Grammy Award-winning hit song released as the first single from Aretha Franklin's Platinum-certified 1985 album Who's Zoomin' Who? produced by Narada Michael Walden. It was one of 1985's biggest hits in the United States, reaching the #3 position of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and topping the Hot R&B Singles chart for five weeks (from July 27, 1985 to August 24, 1985).
The accompanying promotional music video was filmed entirely in Detroit, Michigan, and was one of the most popular videos of the year. In a remixed "rock" version, the song also topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, as well. This single became Aretha's fifteenth Top 10 pop hit in the United States and earned her 12th Grammy Award, for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Franklin co-owned Detroit's Club Taboo on Woodbridge where her "Another Night" music video was filmed. Portions of the "Freeway of Love" video were filmed at Doug's Body Shop, at 22061 Woodward, in Ferndale, Michigan.
Clarence Clemons, who performs the saxophone during the song, is featured in the video, as well.
- Aretha Franklin: Lead Vocals
- Narada Michael Walden: Drums, Percussion
- Randy Jackson: Electric & Synthesized Bass
- Walter Afanasieff: Keyboards
- Preston Glass: Keyboards & Keyboard Vibes, Backing Vocals
- Greg Gonaway: Tambourine
- Santana Rhythm Section: Percussion
- Clarence Clemons: Saxophone, Guest Appearance (courtesy of Columbia Records)
- Carolyn Franklin, Sylvester, Jeanie Tracy, Vicki Randle, Jim Gilstrap, Kitty Beethoven, Laundon Von Hendricks: Backing vocals
- "Freeway of Love" (single version) 4:09
- "Freeway of Love" (LP version) 5:52
- "Freeway of Love" (Rock Mix) (available on 12" single) 4:40
- "Freeway of Love" (Extended Mix) (available on 12" single) 6:28
Notably, Prince guitarist Dez Dickerson was featured on lead guitar on the Rock Mix
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||1|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||11|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 216.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 103.
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