Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves
|"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"|
One of cover arts for the single release
|Single by Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin|
|from the album Be Yourself Tonight and Who's Zoomin' Who?|
|Studio||United Sound Systems|
|Genre||Pop rock, soul|
|Producer(s)||David A. Stewart|
|Eurythmics singles chronology|
|Aretha Franklin singles chronology|
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" is a 1985 song recorded as a duet by the British pop duo Eurythmics and American singing legend Aretha Franklin. A modern feminist anthem, it was written by Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and featured on both Eurythmics' Be Yourself Tonight (1985) and Franklin's Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985) albums. The duo had originally intended to duet with Tina Turner, who was unavailable at the time and so the duo approached Franklin instead. The track also features three of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers; Stan Lynch on drums, Benmont Tench on organ, and Mike Campbell on lead guitar, plus session bassist Nathan East.
Released as a single by RCA Records in October 1985, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" was highly successful, reaching number 9 on the UK Singles Chart and number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
This music video was taped at Detroit's Music Hall. The video is interspersed with clips from old black and white films, including 1962's A Kind of Loving. The video uses the single version of the song, as opposed to the album version.
- A: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (7" Version) - 4:35
- B: "I Love You Like A Ball And Chain" (LP Version) - 4:08
- A1: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (LP Version) - 5:54
- B1: "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" (ET Mix) - 7:53
- B2: "I Love You Like A Ball And Chain" (LP Version) - 4:08
- Annie Lennox – vocals, keyboards
- David A. Stewart – guitars, keyboards
- Additional personnel
- Nathan East – bass guitar
- Stan Lynch – drums
- Mike Campbell – lead guitar
- Benmont Tench – organ
- Aretha Franklin – guest vocals
- The Charles Williams Singers – gospel choir
|Chart (1985–86)||Peak |
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||15|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||28|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||33|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||22|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||17|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||6|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||20|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||9|
|US Billboard Hot 100||18|
|US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)||10|
- The song was performed by the cartoon character Lisa Simpson (as sung by actress Yeardley Smith) along with Ann & Nancy Wilson and Lisa's aunts Patty and Selma Bouvier on The Yellow Album released in 1998.
- Often performed live by Mel B and Melanie C of the British group Spice Girls, a recording of the song (in live performance) was released in 1998 as the third track on the maxi-single for the song Goodbye.
- In 2005, The Pointer Sisters recorded a cover version of the song with Belgian singer Natalia. The single was released only in Belgium in October 2005 and reached number two on the Belgian singles chart.
- Dutch singer Raffaëla Paton, winner of the 3rd season of the reality series Idols Netherlands, recorded a cover of the song with Idols runner-up Floortje Smit. Their rendition was included on Paton's 2006 debut album Raffaëla.
- Hazell Dean recorded a cover version of this song with American Diva Marina in 1998 on MRK Records.
- The television show Xena: Warrior Princess featured a cover of the song by actress Lucy Lawless and Gillian Ileana Waters in the episode Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire.
Live cover performances
- In 1986, prior to their musical fame, Kylie Minogue and sister Dannii performed a live cover version of the song on Australian TV Show Young Talent Time.
- In 1998, the Spice Girls performed a live cover version of the song on their Spiceworld Tour, as a duet between Melanie C (Sporty Spice) and Mel B (Scary Spice). They also performed it on TFI Friday.
- In 2011, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson & Yolanda Adams covered this song at 53rd Grammy Awards.
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