The House That Jack Built (song)

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"The House That Jack Built"
Single by Aretha Franklin
from the album Aretha's Gold
B-side"I Say a Little Prayer"
ReleasedJuly 1968
LabelAtlantic Records 2546
Songwriter(s)Bobby Lance, Fran Robbins
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"The House That Jack Built"
"See Saw"

"The House That Jack Built" is a song written by Bobby Lance and Fran Robbins and performed by Aretha Franklin. The song reached #2 on the U.S. R&B chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968.[1]

The song's B-side, "I Say a Little Prayer", reached #3 on the U.S. R&B chart, #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #4 in the U.K. in 1968.[2]

"The House that Jack Built" was originally recorded by Thelma Jones and released on the Barry label earlier in 1968. That version did not make the U.S. charts.[3]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
US R&B Singles (Billboard) 2
US Billboard Hot 100 6
Dutch Singles (Top 100) 4


  • In 2012, Christine Anu covered the song on her album, Rewind: The Aretha Franklin Songbook.


  1. ^ Aretha Franklin, "The House That Jack Built" Chart Positions Retrieved September 20, 2013
  2. ^ Aretha Franklin, "I Say a Little Prayer" Chart Positions Retrieved September 20, 2013
  3. ^ Leszczak, Bob (2013). Great Rhythm and Blues Cover Songs and Their Original Artists. Scarecrow Press. p. 79. ISBN 0810888661.