1985 Aretha Franklin – Freeway Of Love (US:#3 UK:#68)

“Freeway of Love” is a song by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was written by Jeffrey Cohen and Narada Michael Walden and produced by the latter for her thirtieth studio album Who’s Zoomin’ Who? (1985). The song features a notable contribution from Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist from Bruce Springsteen’’s E Street Band. Sylvester and Jeanie Tracy provided backup vocals on “Freeway of Love”.

Released as the album’s leading single, it became Franklin’s highest-charting single in twelve years, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for five weeks from July 27, 1985 to August 24, 1985. In a remixed “rock” version, the song also topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The accompanying promotional music video was filmed entirely in the Detroit, Michigan area, and became one of the most popular videos of the year. “Freeway of Love” earned Franklin her 12th Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Owing to the pink Cadillac appearing on the album cover and several times in the lyrics, more than 100 pink Cadillacs accompanied Franklin in her funeral procession in August 2018.

Album

Video

Musicians

Bass (synthesizer)Randy Jackson
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
KeyboardsPreston Glass
VibraphonePreston Glass
PercussionNarada Michael Walden
PercussionGreg Gonaway
SaxClarence Clemons
Background VocalsCarolyn Franklin
Background VocalsCraig Thomas
Background VocalsJeanie Tracy
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsKaren Benington
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsLaundon von Kendricks
Background VocalsNikita Germaine
Background VocalsPreston Glass
Background VocalsVicki Randle
Background VocalsSylvester James
VocalsAretha Franklin

Produced By

Narada Michael Walden

Charts

US:#3
UK:#68