Aretha Franklin's tender ballad "Call Me" was created after the singer/songwriter saw a young couple in deep conversation on New York's Park Avenue. As they went their separate ways, each said to the other, "I love you...call me." Their exchange became one of the song's hooks. The recording session for the song was done at Miami's Criteria Studios in the fall of 1969 with Jerry Wexler, engineer Tom Dowd, and strings arranger Arif Mardin sharing production credit. Besides Franklin on piano, the musicians included members of the Muscle Shoals rhythm section (Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Beckett, and Eddie Hinton). Some of the melancholy tone of "Call Me" can be attributed to the way Franklin was feeling after she'd just broken up with her husband/manager Ted White. From her Spirit in the Dark LP, "Call Me" had a two-week run at number one R&B and made it to number 13 pop in the spring of 1970.