The song “Chain of Fools” was written by Don Covay, an R&B, rock and roll, and soul singer/songwriter. It was released as a single late in 1967 with “Prove It” on the B-Side. It has also been on many of Franklin’s albums. By 1968, “Chain of Fools” had risen to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Chart, #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and #4 in Canada. Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler had asked Covey to write songs for Otis Redding. However, when Wexler heard it, he felt it was a good song for Aretha Franklin.
It won her a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The song is also on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. On the recording are Aretha Franklin (lead vocals and grand piano), backing vocals by Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin, Ellie Greenwich, and the Sweet Inspirations , Joe South (lead guitar), Jimmy Johnson (rhythm guitar, Tommy Cogbill (bass), Spooner Oldham (electric piano), Roger Hawkins (drums).
Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942, and became a singer, a musician, and the undisputed Queen of Soul. She continues to tour and perform.