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Aretha Franklin

Chain Of Fools

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  • Pop
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  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 2012
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  • 1961

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“Chain of Fools” is a song written by Don Covay. Aretha Franklin first released the song as a single in 1967 and subsequently it appeared on many of her albums. It reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart, staying there for four weeks, and went to number two on the pop chart in January 1968.. It won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and later a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004, this song was ranked #249 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The trademark tremolo guitar licks at the introduction were played by Joe South. “Chain Of Fools” is an unauthorized rewrite of the gospel song “Pains Of Life”, released earlier in 1967 by Elijah Fair & The Sensational Gladys Davis Trio. “Pains Of Life” has the same melody as the... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Chain, chain, chain ... Chain of fools ... Chain, chain, chain, -ain, ain, ain, ain

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This song is listed #249 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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More songs by Aretha Franklin (See Charts): Prove It, I Can't See Myself Leaving You, A Change Is Gonna Come, What A Fool Believes, Jump, Think, Save Me, Take A Look, Break It To Me Gently, and Border Song (Holy Moses).

Popular in Soul (See Charts): On The Line, Music And Me, Fall Again, I'll Be There, It's A Man's Man's World, Stand By Me, I Got You (I Feel Good), (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay, Upside Down, and Isn't She Lovely.


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