The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


back to series

In the Museum: Aretha Franklin9/10

8 & 9: “Rhythm of the Freeway” Demo Cassette (top) and Tape Box (bottom)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

This demo cassette contains an early version of “Freeway of Love,” which hit Number Three in 1985. This demo tape, with a selection of songs sent to Aretha Franklin for her consideration, includes “When the Night,” a Paul McCartney composition featured on his 1973 album, Red Rose Speedway. Franklin biographer David Ritz said that McCartney wrote “Let It Be” with Franklin in mind. Franklin recorded her version of the song first, but held back its release until after the Beatles’ release of the smash hit.