Aretha Franklin

Day Dreaming

Composed by Aretha Franklin

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Some believe that Aretha Franklin was "daydreaming" about Temptations member Dennis Edwards when she began writing what would become her 12th Atlantic R&B chart-topper. Besides a lot of repeating echo and ghostly reverb, the track's dreamy ambience is helped along by Donny Hathaway's electric piano. Also on the track are Chuck Rainey, Cornell Dupree, Don Arnone, and Hubert Laws. "Daydreaming" is one of Franklin's happier tracks and was a sweet precursor for another jazzy number one hit by the singer, "Angel," written by her sister Carolyn Franklin. Produced by Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, and Tom Dowd, "Daydreaming" sold more than a million copies, going to number one R&B for two weeks and peaking at number five pop in the spring of 1972. It was included on her gold album Young Gifted and Black, which also spawned the gold single "Rock Steady" and the Top Ten R&B hit "Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Young, Gifted and Black 1972 Atlantic / Rhino 4:01
No Image 1976 Atlantic
30 Greatest Hits 1985 Atlantic / Rhino 4:01
20 Greatest Hits 1987 Warner Bros. / WEA 3:58
The Golden Age of Black Music: 1970-1975 1988
Various Artists
Atlantic 4:00
The Queen of Soul 1991 Atlantic / Rhino 3:59
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 4:01
Rhythm & Blues: 1972 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Queen of Soul: Live from Chicago [Video] 1993 Edge / Immortal
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 2 1994 Rhino 4:01
Billboard Hot Soul Hits: 1972 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 2:46
Queen of Soul: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin 1995 Rhino
Love Songs [Rhino] 1997 Atlantic / Rhino 3:59
Spanish Harlem 1998 Rhino 4:01
Whole Lotta Soul 1972-1973 1999
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:46
Intimate Portrait: Women with Soul 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
The Best of Aretha 1999 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:58
Free Soul: The Classics of Aretha Franklin 2000 WEA International 3:54
25 Years of R&B: 1972 2000
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:59
Aretha's Best 2001 Rhino 4:00
Best of Aretha Franklin [BMG International] 2002 Global TV 3:58
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Another Helping of Love & Inspiration 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:59
Respect: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin [Warner] 2002 Rhino 3:59
Under Her Spell 2002 Hear Music 4:01
Top Hits of the Seventies: Amazing Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 3:59
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vols. 1-2 2004 Atlantic 4:00
Aretha Franklin Collection 2006 Madacy 3:58
No Image 2007 Rhino 3:58
Forever Aretha Franklin 2007 Madacy 4:00
Soul Queen 2007 Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 4:00
No Image 2008 Rhino Atlantic 4:00
Queen of Soul: Live from Chicago 2008 Immortal
Sweet Soul of the '70s: Stone in Love with You 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:57
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:57
Original Album Series, Vol. 2 2013 Rhino / Warner Bros.
No Image 2014 Rhino 4:01
The Atlantic Albums Collection 2015 Rhino 4:01
100 Hits Legends: Aretha Franklin 100 Hits
No Image
No Image Atlantic / Rhino 3:58
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