Aretha Franklin

Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)

Composed by Clarence Paul / Morris Broadnax / Stevie Wonder

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Sometimes the singer/songwriter that wrote the song doesn't deliver the definite version. Think Otis Redding's original 1965 version of "Respect" versus Aretha Franklin's 1967 million-selling cover. So it's quite evident that Franklin knew how to "take" someone else's song. "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Going to Do)" was written by Stevie Wonder, Clarence Paul, and Morris Broadnax and originally recorded by Wonder in 1967 but wasn't released until it was included on his 1976 multi-record greatest-hits set Anthology. Wonder played Aretha Franklin the song in 1973. One of the main differences between Wonder's original version and Franklin's later cover is that Franklin's take on the tune is more fluid in its feel. Produced by Franklin, Arif Mardin, and Jerry Wexler, her version of "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Going to Do)" has a percolating pulse throughout, strong background vocals, fluttering flute runs, and Franklin's own gospel-flavored riffs. It went gold, hitting number one R&B and number three pop in early 1974.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Let Me in Your Life 1974 Atlantic
No Image 1976 Atlantic
The Best of Aretha Franklin 1984 Rhino
30 Greatest Hits 1985 Atlantic / Rhino 3:28
The Golden Age of Black Music: 1970-1975 1988
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:28
Sounds of the Seventies: 1974 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:26
Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings 1992 Rhino 3:26
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 2 1994 Rhino 3:28
Soul Inspirations 1994
Various Artists
Alex 3:26
Motown Songbook 1995
Various Artists
Alex 3:26
Only Love: 1970-1974 1995
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:27
Soul of a Woman: 20 Soulful Ballads 1995
Various Artists
Queen of Soul: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin 1995 Warner Music
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:24
Classic 70s Soul, Vol. 1 [BMG] 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:25
Spanish Harlem 1998 Flashback Records 3:28
R&B Relix: 1974-1975 1998
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:26
VH1 8-Track Flashback: Classic 70's Soul 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:24
Love Songs [1999 Polygram International] 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 3:24
Free Soul: The Classics of Aretha Franklin 2000 WEA International 3:24
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1973 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:25
Aretha's Best 2001 Rhino 3:27
Body + Soul: After Dark 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:26
Best of Aretha Franklin [BMG International] 2002 Global TV 3:26
Love So Strong 2002
Various Artists
WSM / Warner Strategic Marketing
Respect: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin [Warner] 2002 Warner Strategic Marketing 3:25
Pure Slow Jams 2002
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:26
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vols. 1-2 2004 Atlantic 3:26
Classic Soul Ballads: Nite And Day 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:27
Classic Soul: Motown Legends, Vol. 4-5/100% Motown 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:18
Aretha Franklin Collection 2006 Madacy 3:28
Ultimate 16: R&B 70s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:29
'70s Soul Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:28
Soul Love: 50 Great Soul Legends of Love 2007
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 3:25
Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin 2007 WEA 3:25
The Platinum Collection 2007 Warner Platinum 3:24
Forever Aretha Franklin 2007 Madacy 3:27
Soul Queen 2007 Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 3:28
No Image 2008 Rhino Atlantic 3:26
Sweet Soul of the '70s: Stone in Love with You 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:25
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:25
I'm Every Woman: Pop Queens of the Seventies 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:25
The Atlantic Albums Collection 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 3:37
100 Hits Legends: Aretha Franklin 100 Hits
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
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