Aretha Franklin “I’ll Keep On Smiling” (1964, Unreleased. From Take A Look: The Clyde Otis Sessions)
Speaking of “Lil Sis” and her work behind Aretha Franklin, here’s a prime example. After being firmly removed from R&B for her first 4 years at Columbia, there was a concerted effort to pitch Aretha at the veterans like Etta James and the ingenues in the form of Dionne Warwick and Brenda Holloway with some decidedly more straightfoward and Sassy recordings.
Most famous is her moderate hit “Running Out Of Fools” which was released in the late summer, but a good deal of material was recorded with Dee Dee Warwick, sister of the target in particular question doing background duty for most of these recordings. This stomping number seems like a prime example to follow up that intial hit with, but stayed in a dusty tape reel for nearly 50 years.