226 – Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer (1968)
Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach
Produced by Jerry Wexler
Label – Atlantic
According to legend, Aretha and her backing vocalists, The Sweet Inspirations would play around during breaks in the recording studio by singing cover versions of Dionne Warwick songs. They chanced upon a winning vocal formula with “I Say A Little Prayer” and producer Jerry Wexler thought it would be good enough to record as a B side for the upcoming single “The House That Jack Built”. Aretha’s lead vocal was so joyous, and the backing accompaniment instinctively harmonic Wexler put down the song to tape in one take! Incredible when one thinks of all the artists, engineers and producers who have slaved in recording studios for months to get what they feel the perfect sound. Aretha only needed one shot and she nailed it.