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    Fontella Bass

    Did you know that Aretha Franklin is often wrongfully credited for singing the 1960s hit “Rescue Me”?

    Released in 1965, “Rescue Me” was actually recorded by Fontella Bass, whose voice was strikingly similar to that of Franklin. The song was a breakthrough hit for Chess Records and even featured background vocals by a young Minnie Riperton. I bet you didn’t expect to see that name in this article!

    “Rescue Me” was Bass’ biggest hit and it peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Several artists have since covered the tune, including Cher and Diana Ross, but it has yet to be recorded by Franklin. Watch Bass sing it below:

    Now you know!