Today’s song from Clarksdale, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues and rock n’ roll.
Sending a prayer with Aretha on this day that she leaves us, “I Say a Little Prayer” is one of her greatest known songs. It was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick, and her 1967 version hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
A year after Warwick’s version, Aretha released it as the “B” side of “The House that Jack Built,” but it quickly became one of her biggest hits. It reached No. 3 on the R&B charts; it was a gold record of course, and it was Aretha’s 9th consecutive Hot 100 top 10 hit in a row. A New Music Express critics poll called No. 1 on their top singles of all time.