“I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You” was the first album for Aretha Franklin to become gold-certified for over half a million copies sold in America in 1967, released on 10th March 1967. It helped to establish Aretha as a global superstar. The album also contained her signature song, “Respect”, which topped the Billboard Pop Singles Chart listing. Rolling Stone magazine regarded “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You” as one of the best and most influential albums of the rock era.
Billboard Pop Singles Chart listings: “Respect” was number one for two weeks from 3rd June to the 19th June 1967, selling over a million copies in the process. Billboard R&B Singles Chart listings: peaked at the number one position for eight weeks, from 20th May 1967 until 15th July 1967. The title track “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You” achieved gold status for one million plus copies sold and Billboard R&B number one on 25th March 1967 for seven weeks.
The title track was recorded at the world famous Fame Studios with the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. One of the key factors that distinguished the Muscle Shoals sound from other regional sounds was the funky group of white musicians who were evolving between Fame and Muscle Shoals studios from the early 1960s to the 1970s, augmented by the Muscle Shoals horn section, consisting of Harrison Calloway, Charles Rose, Harvey Thompson and Ronnie Eades. These men, including the rhythm section, give the area a special sound, different from anywhere else. The sound was a combination of Nashville country music, the Stax Soul sound from Memphis and Southern gospel music.