I'm in Love (Bobby Womack song)

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"I'm in Love"
Single by Aretha Franklin
from the album Let Me in Your Life
B-side"Oh Baby"
Released1974
RecordedApril 10, 1973 at A&R Studios in New York City[1]
GenreSoul
Length2:48
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Bobby Womack
Producer(s)Aretha Franklin, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)"
(1973)
"I'm in Love"
(1974)
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
(1974)

"I'm in Love" is a 1968 song written by Bobby Womack. The song was first recorded by Wilson Pickett which gave him a top-ten R&B hit on Billboard's chart in 1968, peaking at number 4 as well as peaking at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Background[edit]

The song was written in response to some of the criticism he had been receiving after marrying the widow of the recently deceased Sam Cooke.

Cover Versions[edit]

  • Womack himself recorded his version of the song in 1968 shortly after Pickett's version was released and included it on his 1969 album, Fly Me to the Moon
  • The version to achieve the most success came in 1974, when Aretha Franklin released it as a single. Her version hit #1 on Billboard's R&B chart for two weeks and also peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] Wilson Pickett's version is most recently used as the back-track for Nature of the Beast's "When it's Good".
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers covered the song in concert in the early 1980s, and a version is featured on their set The Live Anthology.

Personnel[edit]

Wilson Pickett Version[4][5]
Bobby Womack Version[4]
  • Produced by Chips Moman[7]
  • Bobby Womack - vocals, guitar[8], musical arrangement
  • Gene Chrisman - drums
  • Bobby Emmons - organ played by
  • Mike Leech - musical arrangement, bass played by
  • Bobby Wood - piano
  • Reggie Young - guitar
Aretha Franklin Version[1][4][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aretha Franklin with William Eaton Orchestra. "Atlantic Recording Sessions: April 10, 1973 (NYC)". Jazz Disco. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 461.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 215.
  4. ^ a b c Franklin, Aretha. "I'm in Love". Songfacts. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  5. ^ Pickett, Wilson. "Atlantic Recording Sessions: July 1 & 3, 1967 (Memphis, TN)". Jazz Disco. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  6. ^ Pickett, Wilson. "I'm in Love" (Original Album Notes). Atlantic. 1968.
  7. ^ Womack, Bobby. "Fly Me to the Moon" (Original Album Notes). Minit. 1968.
  8. ^ Womack, Bobby (January 1969). "Fly Me to the Moon". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  9. ^ Franklin, Aretha. "Let Me in Your Life" (Original Album Notes). Atlantic. 1974.