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On this day in music history: May 27, 1976 - “Sparkle” by Aretha Franklin is released. Produced by Curtis Mayfield, it is recorded at Curtom Recording Studios in Chicago, IL from Late 1975 - Early 1976. The album serves as the soundtrack to the film of the same name (starring Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith & Philip Michael Thomas), it is written and produced entirely by Curtis Mayfield. Although Cara, McKee and Smith actually perform the vocals heard in the film, Atlantic Records the label releasing the soundtrack feel that releasing an album featuring the still largely unknown actors will not sell. They instead have R&B superstar Aretha Franklin replace their vocals on the released album. It spins off two hits including “Something He Can Feel” (#1 R&B, #28 Pop). En Vogue later cover “Giving Him Something He Can Feel” on their second album “Funky Divas” in 1992 (#1 R&B, #6 Pop). The album is Franklin’s last major hit on Atlantic before leaving for Arista Records at the end of the 70’s. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1992 as part of Rhino’s “Atlantic & Atco Remasters” series. “Sparkle” spends one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number eighteen on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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“Jump” from the movie “Sparkle” - 1976