Freeway of Love
|"Freeway of Love"|
|Single by Aretha Franklin|
|from the album Who's Zoomin' Who?|
|Producer(s)||Narada Michael Walden|
|Aretha Franklin singles chronology|
"Freeway of Love" is a song by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was written by Jeffrey Cohen and Narada Michael Walden and produced by the latter for her thirtieth studio album Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985). The song features a notable contribution from Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist from Bruce Springsteen’'s E Street Band. Sylvester, Martha Wash, and Jeanie Tracy provided backup vocals on "Freeway of Love".
Released as the album's leading single, it became Franklin's highest-charting single in twelve years, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for five weeks from July 27, 1985 to August 24, 1985. In a remixed "rock" version, the song also topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The accompanying promotional music video was filmed entirely in the Detroit, Michigan area, and became one of the most popular videos of the year. "Freeway of Love" earned Franklin her 12th Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
The video was filmed primarily in black and white and shows videos of automobiles being manufactured in the early seventies (Ford Mustang) and a then-current Cadillac Cimarron. 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.
Although the video is set to the original version of the song, the tempo of the song is noticeably faster in the video.
- US 7" Single
|1.||"Freeway of Love"||5:49|
|2.||"Until You Say You Love Me"||4:55|
- In 1986, "Weird Al" Yankovic covered the song as part of his polka medley "Polka Party!".
- The song was covered in 2009 by house music/dance singer Pepper Mashay.
- A version by jazz musician Lea DeLaria appears in and on the soundtrack of the 2017 Pixar movie Cars 3.
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