Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………on January 24th of 1967 after receiving at $25,000 signing bonus, Aretha Franklin records her first tracks for Atlantic Records. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect“, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman“, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think“. By the end of the 1960s decade she had gained the title “The Queen of Soul“. Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history.  Among her many hits over the years comes the song “Chain Of Fools” from the 1967 album “Lady Soul”. This was written around 1953 by Don Covay, an R&B singer who wrote songs that were recorded by The Rolling Stones (“Mercy Mercy), Wilson Pickett (“I’m Gonna Cry”), Otis Redding (“Think About It”) and many others. Covay also recorded the song, but his version went nowhere. The song is about a woman who realizes she is one of many girls in her boyfriend’s “Chain.” Even though she knows this can never last, she sticks with him anyway.This won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Performance in 1969. That category was introduced in 1968, and Franklin won the first 8 years, adding 3 more in the ’80s. Joe South played the guitar intro. A prominent session guitarist, he also wrote several hit songs, including “Hush,” which became a hit for Deep Purple. “Chain of Fools” reached #2 in the US but was only a minor hit in the UK topping off at #43.