Aretha Franklin

(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone

Composed by Aretha Franklin / Teddy White

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Aretha Franklin's "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" sold more than 450,000 copies in a week. Producer Jerry Wexler had Franklin's hit streak down to a science: fly in the Muscle Shoals rhythm section into Atlantic Records' New York-based recording studio, let Franklin's piano playing interact with them, and of course, combine this with great songs. Add such Big Apple talent as the Sweet Inspirations and engineer Tom Dowd and arranger Arif Mardin, and what you have is a can't-miss hit formula. "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" was in the winning "roughshod" mode of the singer's previous hit, "Respect." From her gold Lady Soul LP, it gave Franklin another million-selling R&B chart-topper and a Top Five pop hit in the spring of 1968. The flipside was the sweet ballad "Ain't No Way" written by her sister Carolyn Franklin, a Top 10 R&B/Top 20 pop smash.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Max Weinberg Presents: Let There Be Drums, Vol. 2 - The 60's 196?
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Rhythm & Blues: 1968 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1 1994 Rhino 2:25
Beg Scream & Shout: The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:26
Think & Other Hits 1998 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:29
Aretha's Best 2001 Rhino 2:26
Respect [BCI] 2003 BCI-Eclipse Distribution 2:27