Aretha Franklin's "Freeway of Love" has more than a hint of the Motown sound in its groove. Not surprising since Franklin and the track's producer, Narada Michael Walden, have strong Michigan roots. Arista Records president Clive Davis asked Walden -- whose other credits included hits by Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Stacy Lattisaw, Shanice Wilson, and others -- which artist on the Arista roster he'd like to work with and Walden said Aretha Franklin. The pairing initially yielded "Who's Zoomin' Who" and "Until You Say You Love Me." One track written by Walden and Jeffrey Cohen, "Freeway of Love," was recorded around 1985 and was slated to appear on an upcoming solo album by Walden until his frequent collaborator Preston Glass suggested that he shop the song to Franklin. The singer recorded her vocals at Detroit's United Sound Studio. Bruce Springsteen sideman Clarence Clemons added wailing sax to the track."Freeway of Love" went number one R&B for five weeks and peaked at number three pop in the summer of 1985.