1985 Aretha Franklin & Eurythmics – Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves (US:#18 UK:#9)

“Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” is a 1985 song recorded as a duet by the British pop duo Eurythmics and American singer Aretha Franklin. A modern feminist anthem, it was written by Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and featured on both Eurythmics’ Be Yourself Tonight (1985) and Franklin’s Who’s Zoomin’ Who? (1985) albums. The duo had originally intended to duet with Tina Turner, who was unavailable at the time and so the duo approached Franklin instead. The track also features three of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers; Stan Lynch on drums, Benmont Tench on organ, and Mike Campbell on lead guitar, plus session bassist Nathan East. Released as a single by RCA Records in October 1985, “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” was highly successful, reaching number 9 on the UK Singles Chart and number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.




BassNathan East
DrumsStan Lynch
GuitarMike Campbell
GuitarDave Stewart
KeyboardsAnnie Lennox
OrganBenmont Tench
VocalsAnnie Lennox
VocalsAretha Franklin

Produced By

David A Stewart