Significant Songs (179)

Until You Come Back To Me

It is very rare for me to prefer someone else’s version of a Stevie Wonder song. I had been a fan of his music since he was known as ‘Little Stevie Wonder’. By 1973, I had also been a fan of Aretha Franklin for a long time too. She had been around since the late 1950s, and by the time I was 14, I already knew the work of the lady who was soon to explode onto the scene with such tracks as ‘Respect’, ‘Chain Of Fools’, and ‘Think’.

When I was 16, I heard the softer side of this powerhouse singer, on her massive hit, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’, and she continued to release song after song, including cover versions of many famous recordings by the likes of Carole King, The Beatles, and Elton John. It seemed she could tackle anything, in almost any genre you could name. Then in 1973, her new single release cracked the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and went on to sell well over one million copies. Since then, whenever I think about Aretha, I immediately think of this song, still my favourite, from all of her huge body of work.

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