Introducing "Border Song" from his self-titled 1970 sophomore album on Friday night (Oct. 12), John told the crowd at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena about being told by his song publisher that somebody had covered it.
"We asked who. They said Aretha Franklin," John recalled. "Can you imagine two young writers, white boys from England...We were gobsmacked. In fact, we nearly pissed our pants in sheer delight at the fact the woman we loved so much then and grew to love even more afterward would actually record one of our songs."