Rock Steady (Aretha Franklin song)
|Single by Aretha Franklin|
|from the album Young, Gifted and Black|
|B-side||"Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)"|
February 15, 1971 |
(Criteria - Master #21312)
October 11, 1971
(Atlantic #2838) 
undubbed master w/o horns
at Criteria in Miami
different edit / mix
at Atlantic in Manhattan 
|Producer(s)||Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler|
|Aretha Franklin singles chronology|
"Rock Steady" is a song written and performed by Aretha Franklin and released in 1971, from the album Young, Gifted and Black. The single reached the #9 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts that same year. It also peaked at #2 on the Best Selling Soul Singles chart. The B-side, "Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)" peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Best Selling Soul Singles chart.
- Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, piano
- Donny Hathaway – electric piano, organ
- Bernard Purdie – drums
- Cornell Dupree – guitar
- Richard Tee – organ
- Chuck Rainey – bass guitar
- The Sweethearts of Soul (Brenda Bryant, Margaret Branch, Pat Smith)  — backing vocals
- Robert Popwell, Dr. John – percussion
- The Memphis Horns
- Gene Paul – engineer
- Jerry Wexler – production
- Tom Dowd – horn arrangement, production
- Arif Mardin – production
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||9|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles||2|
- The Jackson Sisters recorded a whip-snapping cover of the song in 1976 for their sole eponymous album.
- Prince released a version on his 2007 live album, Indigo Nights. The song features Beverley Knight.
- In 2008 the song was sampled by Japanese R&B singer Namie Amuro in her own song, "Rock Steady"
- Richard Elliot also covered this song as an instrumental in 2010 off his album, which was also titled Rock Steady. Aretha's vocals were replaced by Rich's saxophone.
- Dawn Robinson of the group En Vogue did a solo cover of the song on 1998's Dr. Dolittle soundtrack.
- The song is used as a diegetic track in Driver: San Francisco.
- Rap group People Under the Stairs mention the song in their song "The Next Step II".
- Daryl Hall and John Oates covered the song on their 2004 album Our Kind of Soul.
- Regina Love covered the song in The Voice (U.S. season 9). that
- In 2012, Christine Anu covered the song on her album, Rewind: The Aretha Franklin Songbook.
It should also be noted that the rap duo EPMD sampled the beat and Franklin's lyrics (more pronounced on the remix) for their 1989 single "I'm Housin" from their debut lp "Strictly Business."
- Jisi, Chris. "Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady"". Bass Player. New Bay Media. Archived from the original on 2010-08-09. – session details
- Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
- Discogs - Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen Of Soul - 2007-10-16th reMastered 2CD, Rhino / Atlantic (R2 272188) US
- Discogs - Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen Of Soul - 2007-October reMastered 2CD, Rhino / Atlantic (8122799703) Australia
- Discogs - Young, Gifted and Black - 1972-January-24th LP, Atlantic (SD 7213) US
- Discogs - the Sweethearts Of Soul - (profile, aliases, discography)