Aretha Franklin

Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)

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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
Aretha's Gold 1969 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 0:00
Max Weinberg Presents: Let There Be Drums, Vol. 2 - The 60's 196?
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
30 Greatest Hits 1985 Atlantic 2:18
Classic Rock: 1968 1987
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:23
The Golden Age of Black Music: 1960-1970 1988
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:23
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:18
Rhythm & Blues: 1968 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings 1992 Rhino 4:23
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1 1994 Rhino 2:25
Lady Soul/Aretha Now 1995 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:23
18 Soul Hits from the '60s 1996
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:21
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
Whole Lotta Soul 1968-1969 1999
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:25
After the Love Has Gone 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Free Soul: The Classics of Aretha Franklin 2000 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. 2:26
Aretha's Best 2001 Rhino 2:26
Best of Aretha Franklin [BMG International] 2002 Global TV 2:24
Under Her Spell 2002 Hear Music 2:27
Respect [BCI] 2003 BCI-Eclipse Distribution 2:27
Greetings from Detroit 2005
Various Artists
American Beat Records 2:24
Atlantic Top 60: Sweat-Soaked Soul Classics 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:26
Sweet Soul Music: 1968 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:23
The Music of Aretha Franklin 2010 Legacy 2:24
The Queen of Soul [Rhino 2014] 2014 Atlantic / Rhino 0:00
The Atlantic Singles Collection, 1967-1970 2018 Atlantic / Rhino 0:00