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You better think (THINK!) about this forgotten Aretha Franklin hit

24

February

Just because you are sired The Queen of Soul that doesn't mean that you can't rock. In the '80s, Aretha Franklin not only rocked a little, but Rock-A-Lott.

With countless hits on the R&B charts, Franklin became the Queen of Soul by hitting the Top 40 43 times in her career, including eight trips in the '80s. Still, she only had two No. 1 hits in her career with Respect in 1967 and 20 years later with her I Knew You Were Waiting duet with George Michael. In 1986, Franklin released the album Aretha which is notable for being the last album cover art drawn by Andy Warhol. The first two singles, Jumpin' Jack Flash and Jimmy Lee, were modest hits before the third single, I Knew You Were Waiting was a smash. The last single off Aretha was Rock-A-Lott, but it only made it to No. 82 on the singles chart.

Despite failing as a single, the video for Rock-A-Lott is a great video as Aretha and her backing band are transformed into claymation and take residence inside a boom box. As the boom box travels throughout Manhattan's Washington Square Park, we are visited we cameos by Rodney Dangerfield, Cynthia Gibb (Youngblood), soap opera hunk Ian Buchanan (General Hospital), Tony Bennett, the rap group Whodini, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker!) and Whitney Houston.  When you combine the cameos with claymation, boom boxes, roller skating and a sax solo and you have all the ingredients for a classic '80s video.

Coming up on 74 years of age, Franklin released her latest album Aretha Franklin Sings the Classic Diva Songs in 2014 and still performs at selected venues.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 4:35pm]

    

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