In her 12th #1 soul single, Aretha Franklin is day dreaming about a man who will sweep her off her feet. Not just any man, but a specific man. "'Day Dreaming' was rather personal," she told Queen of Soul
biographer Mark Bego. "And I was thinking about someone who used to be a friend of mine. I'll give you a hint. Used to be with one of the hottest groups in the country, tall, dark, and fine!"
It was a big year for mystery men in music. By the end of 1972, Carly Simon famously sang about an unnamed scarf-wearing lothario in "You're So Vain
," but for song sleuths, Franklin's clues were much easier to decipher. In 1970, the soul singer recorded "You and Me," written by the tall, dark, and fine Dennis Edwards of the hot vocal group The Temptations. In a 1995 interview with Ebony
magazine, Franklin revealed she and Edwards were once engaged but she got tired of waiting for him to commit: "By the time he realized the value of what he had, it was just too late. I was no longer interested. He had drop-kicked me a couple of times and I had just had enough."