With her heart-wrenching vocals, pristine tone and divine notes, Aretha Franklin is rightfully called the "Queen of Soul." With roots in gospel, she started her secular music career in the early 60s, but didn't really strike gold until the late 60s, with her first #1 "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)". From that point on, she ruled the charts until the mid-80s with a plethora of unforgettable hits. One of her most popular, chart-topping tracks was "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)," a song penned by Stevie Wonder, Morris Broadnax and Clarence Paul. She hit #1 on the R&B charts and #3 on Billboard Hot 100.
There is something so pure and otherworldly about this track. Aretha's feathery, yet intense vocals capture the essence of the song and transcend it. This is not only audio nectar at its finest, it's a spiritual feast. Carrying the sweet aroma of 70s limitless freedom and unfettered innocence, this 1973 release is one of the best songs of the 70s. It represents the decade, but is a timeless wonder appropriate for any era.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.
31 May 2021
The Isley Brothers added smokiness and umbre to it. They’re not just singing the song, they’re living it.
3 March 2021
The song is simple in its approach. It has an uncomplicated melody, a catchy refrain and Withers’ dulcet vocals. Songs like this epitomize the 70s, full of happiness and love. Pop culture always defines eras. The movies, television shows and music mirror the times. “Lovely Day” symbolizes the 70s, but it’s eternal in its outlook.
20 November 2020
The 70s had some of the best slow jams. Love songs were actually about love. Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” from the album of the same title, is a worthy entry into the 70s catalog of golden love song hits. The silky tune blazed up the music charts in 1974 and remained at number one for a week on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles…