Aretha Franklin Releases “Lady Soul”

Lady Soul is a soul album by Aretha Franklin, released on January 22, 1968 (see 1968 in music). The album was her second chart-topper, the follow-up to “Aretha Arrives” and included some of her biggest hit singles, “Chain of Fools” (#2 Pop), and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (#8 Pop), and “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone” (#5 Pop).
Lady Soul peaked at #1, #2 and #3 on Billboard’s Black Albums, Pop Albums and Jazz Albums charts respectively. The single “Ain’t No Way” (B-Side of “Since You’ve Been Gone (Sweet, Sweet, Baby)”) peaked at #9 on the Black Singles chart, and #16 on the Pop Singles chart.
In 2003 the TV network VH1 named Lady Soul the 41st greatest album of all time. It is number 84 on Rolling Stone’s list of the The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.