When John Landis was asked how he got Aretha Franklin to appear in his 1980 film The Blues Brothers
, he replied: "I asked her." The point being that the Queen of Soul had fallen out of favor and was looking for work (many other music legends - Ray Charles, Tina Turner and Roy Orbison among them - were also at career nadirs). Her fortunes were revived by her 1985 album Who's Zoomin' Who
, which contained two US Top 10 hits: the title track
and "Freeway of Love
." It took this duet with George Michael, however, to return her to the top of the chart, where she had not been for 20 years (with "Respect
Michael was coming off a string of hits with his group Wham!, but had not yet released his first solo album, Faith
, which came out later in 1987.