Aretha Franklin

Call Me

Composed by Aretha Franklin

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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 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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
This Girl's in Love with You 1970 Atlantic / Rhino 3:57
No Image 1970
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:54
Live at Fillmore West 1971 Rhino 5:37
30 Greatest Hits 1985 Atlantic / Rhino 3:57
20 Greatest Hits 1987 Warner Bros. / WEA 3:53
The Queen of Soul 1991 Atlantic / Rhino 3:55
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 3:57
Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings 1992 Rhino 3:55
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1 1994 Rhino 3:56
Billboard Hot Soul Hits: 1970 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:18
Queen of Soul: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin 1995 Rhino
Love Songs [Rhino] 1997 Atlantic / Rhino 3:57
Think & Other Hits 1998 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:58
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 70s 1998
Various Artists
Soul of a Woman 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:54
70's Funk & Soul Classics 1998
Various Artists
Repertoire 3:19
Whole Lotta Soul 1970-1971 1999
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:55
Best of the Best: 70's Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Primary Colors 3:54
The Best of Aretha 1999 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:58
Aretha's Best 2001 Rhino 3:56
Best of Aretha Franklin [BMG International] 2002 Global TV 3:54
Respect: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin [Warner] 2002 Rhino 3:57
Respect [BCI] 2003 BCI-Eclipse Distribution 3:55
Hall of Fame 2003 Laserlight
Lady Soul [Brentwood] 2004 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 3:55
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vols. 1-2 2004 Atlantic 3:56
Don't Fight the Feeling 2005 Rhino 5:09
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 7: 1967-1969 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 3:53
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 3:53
No Image 2007 Rhino 3:56
Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin 2007 Rhino Atlantic 3:57
Forever Aretha Franklin 2007 Madacy 3:55
#1 R&B Pop Classics of the 70s 2007
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:56
Soul Queen 2007 Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 3:57
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 3:56
Heart and Soul 2010 North Star Music 3:53
Original Album Series, Vol. 2 2013 Rhino / Warner Bros.
No Image 2014 Rhino 3:57
The Atlantic Albums Collection 2015 Rhino 3:57
100 Hits Legends: Aretha Franklin 100 Hits
No Image Atlantic / Rhino 3:56
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