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Aretha Franklin

Spanish Harlem

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  • 1972
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“Spanish Harlem” is a song released by Ben E. King in 1960 on Atco Records, written by Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector and produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. During a 1968 interview, Leiber credited Stoller with the arrangement; similarly, in a 2009 radio interview with Leiber and Stoller on the Bob Edwards “Weekend Edition” talk show, Jerry Leiber said that Stoller, while uncredited, had written the key instrumental introduction to the record. In the team’s autobiography from the same year, “Hound Dog”, Stoller himself remarks that he had created this “fill” while doing a piano accompaniment when the song was presented to Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records, with Spector playing guitar and Jerry Leiber doing the vocal. “Since then, I’ve never... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ La-la-la-la-la-la-la ... A rose in Black and Spanish Harlem ... With eyes as black as coal, that look down in his soul

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