clive davis

clive davis

ARETHA FRANKLIN - PRIDE (A DEEPER LOVE)

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In 1980, Aretha Franklin's career was given a much-needed boost thanks to a cameo appearance on The Blues Brothers. That same year, Clive Davis signed Aretha to his fledgling Arista Records. While songs like "United Together" and "Love All The Hurt Away" - a duet with George Benson - returned her to the Top 10 on the Billboard R&B charts, it wouldn't be until her 1982 single, "Jump To It", produced by longtime admirer Luther Vandross, that gave the singer her first R&B chart-topper and pop success since "(Giving Him) Something He Can Feel". The Jump To It album enjoyed a long run at #1 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart (even the Zoomin' album only reached #3). It won an American Music Award, was nominated for a Grammy and was certified Gold in early 1983 - Aretha's first Gold disc since the 1976 Sparkle album. The following year Franklin and Vandross collaborated again on the dissapointing Get It Right. But in 1985, Franklin's sound was commercialized into a glossy pop sound as she experienced her first-ever Platinum-certified album, Who's Zoomin' Who?. In 1986, Franklin did nearly as well with an album simply titled Aretha which yielded Franklin's first number-one pop single in two decades with the George Michael duet, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)". Other hits included her cover of The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and the girl group-inspired "Jimmy Lee". When the album was taken out of print, it had sold over 900,000 copies. Subsequent follow-ups such as 1989's Through The Storm and 1991's What You See Is What You Sweat sold poorly and failed to produce any major mainstream hits - other than the former's title track Elton John duet - but her career got a slight boost in 1993 when she scored a dance-club hit with "A Deeper Love" off the Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit soundtrack.