Aretha Franklin

Jump to It

Composed by Luther Vandross / Marcus Miller

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Like many, Luther Vandross was enthralled with Aretha Franklin's string of hits on Atlantic Records that included 17 number one R&B singles. Many years later, Vandross had amassed his own hits, and he stated in interviews that he'd love to produce Franklin. Arista Records president Clive Davis heard about the singer/songwriter/producer's request and contacted him since Franklin was signed to the label. During their first conversation, Franklin told Vandross that she loved his "Never Too Much" and his stunning cover of the Dionne Warwick standard "A House Is Not a Home." While appearing on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live, Vandross and his frequent collaborator Marcus Miller began working on a song idea on a piano that was sitting in a hallway, waiting to be stored.

While Franklin's Arista sides up to that point had been relatively mellow ("Break It to Me Gently," a cover of the Doobie Brothers' "What a Fool Believes," and "Love All the Hurt Away," a ballad duet with George Benson), the Vandross/Miller song "Jump to It" returned Franklin to a much more jubilant, energetic vein. Her first Arista chart-topping single, "Jump to It" stayed at number one R&B for four weeks while going to number 24 pop in late 1981. The Jump To It LP also yielded the Top 30 R&B hit "Love Me Right" and "This Is for Real."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Jump to It 1982 Arista 6:40
The Queen of Soul: Live from Chicago [Video] 1993 Edge / Immortal
Greatest Hits: 1980-1994 1994 BMG International 4:16
No Image 1994 Arista
Video Soul: Best Soul of the 80's, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:18
Billboard Hot R&B Hits 1982 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:16
Groove Power: The Best of 80's R&B 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:16
Soul Classics: Best of the 80's 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:18
Solid Gold Soul: Early '80's 1998
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:17
Only Soul 1980-1984 1999
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:16
Divas of the Court: Songs from the WNBA, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 6:43
Shake Your Booty: Funk and Disco Essentials 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:19
Blues & Soul, Vol. 8: 1982-1983 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur / Connoisseur Collection 4:17
Mega Groove 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:58
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '80s, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 4:18
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:18
Old School Jams, Vol. 4 2003
Various Artists
SPG 6:34
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 Arista 4:18
The Best of Aretha Franklin [Paradiso] 2003 Paradiso 4:16
The Real '80s 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:15
We Love the 80's Too 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products / Sony Music Distribution 4:15
Top of the Pop Hits the 80's, Disc 4 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 4:15
Best of Aretha Franklin [UK] 2007 Sbme Special Mkts. 4:14
Vintage Grooves Dance Mixes, Vol. 1 2007
Various Artists
Seamless 6:31
This Is Soul [Metro Triples] 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:16
Playlist: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin 2008 Playlist 6:41
Queen of Soul: Live from Chicago 2008 Immortal
Top of the Pop Hits: The 80s 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 4:15
No Image 2008
Various Artists
PTG 4:09
Deeper Love: The Best of Aretha Franklin 2009 Camden Deluxe / Camden 4:16
The Music of Aretha Franklin 2010 Legacy 6:40
The  Very Best of Aretha Franklin [Camden] 2011 Camden 4:14
Disco Giants, Vol. 8 2012
Various Artists
PTG 6:32
Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998 2012 Arista / Legacy 4:16
Générations Funk 2013
Various Artists
EMI 3:32
100 Hits: 80s Weekender 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:14
Smooth Grooves [Ministry of Sound] 2016
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:01
Disco Giants, Vol. 1-10
Various Artists
Masterpiece Classic / PTG 6:32
Flashback Sony Music Entertainment 4:18
The  Masters Series: 80's Soul, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Camden
Ultimate... Divas
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:11
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:20
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:20
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