Aretha Franklin

Day Dreaming

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Song Review by Ed Hogan

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 & Atco Remasters / Rhino 3:59
No Image 1976 Atlantic
30 Greatest Hits 1985 Atlantic 3:59
The Golden Age of Black Music: 1970-1975 1988
Various Artists
Atlantic 4:00
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:58
Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings 1992 Rhino 3:59
Rhythm & Blues: 1972 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 2 1994 Rhino 5:33
Billboard Hot Soul Hits: 1972 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 2:46
Love Songs [Rhino] 1997 Atlantic & Atco Remasters / Rhino 3:59
Spanish Harlem 1998 Flashback Records 3:58
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
Free Soul: The Classics of Aretha Franklin 2000 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. 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 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Warner Music 3:56
Under Her Spell 2002 Hear Music 4:01
Top Hits of the Seventies: Amazing Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 3:59
AnotherLateNight 2003 LateNightTales 3:05
Something for the Weekend, Vol. 2 2006 Seamless 3:01
Soul Queen 2007 Atlantic / Rhino 3:58
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The '70s 2008 Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 4:00
Sweet Soul of the '70s: Stone in Love with You 2009
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:57
The Queen of Soul [Rhino 2014] 2014 Atlantic / Rhino 4:01
The Atlantic Albums Collection 2015 Atlantic / Rhino 3:01
The Genius of Aretha Franklin 2021 Atlantic / Rhino 3:59
Classic Soul Ballads: Stop to Start/Quiet Storm/Too Hot/Between the Sheets
Various Artists
Time Life 3:58
Quiet Storm [Time Life]
Various Artists
Time Life 3:58
The Greatest Love Songs of the '70s
Various Artists
Time Life 3:59