Aretha Franklin’s Killer One-Two from 1968
by Cat Johnson
Yesterday I was digging around for some info about the song “The House that Jack Built,” made famous by Aretha Franklin. The groove-riddled, eterna-jam is one of my two favorite Franklin songs, the other being her roof-raising version of “Eleanor Rigby.” Here’s what I found: it was written by songwriter Bobby Lance and Fran Robbins and first released by Thelma Jones. It hit #2 on the U.S. R&B chart, #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and #4 in the U.K.
But, the good part of the story is that the B-side to the song was smooth and sultry little ditty called “I Say a Little Prayer.” Talk about a killer one-two punch. Damn. You know you’re dealing with some serious star power when even the B-sides become big hits.
A clean version of this 7″ is now officially on my wish-list.