Aretha Franklin was flying high on the music charts in 1968 with “Chain of Fools.” The song was written by Don Covay who wrote many souls songs in the 60s and 70s.He wrote the song for Otis Redding but the producer thought it would be a better song for Aretha. She ended up winning the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the song.
“Chain of Fools” was on the top of the Cash Box record chart for the week of Jan. 14 – 20. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart it only made it up to #2. Billboard also had a R&B chart
Aretha’s father was a minister and she began singing in his church. She had a limited early career. Success started in 1967 when she changed to Atlantic records and they released “Respect.” Other less popular songs released by Aretha in 1968 were “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone” and “Think.”