ARETHA FRANKLIN – QUEEN OF SOUL

ARETHA FRANKLIN – QUEEN OF SOUL

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG  17th August 2018

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

Sadly, yesterday, Aretha Franklin died. This is front page news on the front of all our national newspapers except the Financial Times.

 

She is one of the all time greats, probably one of my favourite ever female singers.

 

I have to say one of my prized possessions is an Aretha Franklin, vinyl LP (album), Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits. Ok, I know, as its title suggests it is a greatest hits album as a favourite, but what’s wrong with that? Every single track on it is amazing and how often does that happen.

 

To celebrate her remarkable life here are four facts about her:

 

  1. She sound-tracked the civil rights movement

Franklin’s father, the Rev C.L. Franklin, was a Baptist minister who organised the June 1963 Detroit Walk To Freedom – a massive march for racial equality. At the time, it was the largest civil rights demonstration in US history. Martin Luther King delivered an early version of his “I Have a Dream speech” there, two months before the great March on Washington that would cement it in history.

 

  1. She performed for three presidents’ inaugurations

Aretha performed at three US presidents’ inauguration events – starting with a medley of Duke Ellington hits for Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1977.

 

The next Democrat to take office, Bill Clinton in 1993, was graced by her styling at a pre-inauguration festival two days before he was sworn in.

 

Barack Obama was the lucky third in 2009, and the sizeable hat she wore to his inauguration made almost as many column inches as her performance.

 

  1. She was the first woman in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Lady Soul racked up 20 Top 10 albums, a dozen million-selling singles (surprisingly only one No.1 in the Uk, 1987 with George Michael and 18 Grammy awards during a five-decade recording career. So perhaps it’s no surprise she was also the first woman to enter the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987.

 

The same year she scored her second number one hit, a duet with George Michael called I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me).

 

Since the Hall of Fame has often been criticised for failing to honour female performers (almost 90% of its

 

  1. Her voice was declared a ‘natural resource’ in Michigan.

 

Here is a list of some of her very best tracks:

 

Tracks 1-14 are the tracks that make up the Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits album

 

1              A1           Spanish Harlem (1971)

2              A2           Chain Of Fools (1968)

3              A3           Don’t Play That Song (1970)

4              A4           I Say A Little Prayer (1968)

5              A5           Dr. Feelgood (1968)

6              A6           Let It Be (1970)

7              A7           Do Right Woman – Do Right Man (1967)

8              B1           Bridge Over Troubled Water (1971)

9              B2           Respect (1967)

10           B3           Baby I Love You (1967)

11           B4           (You Make Me Feel LIke) A Natural Woman  (1968)

12           B5           I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (1967)

13           B6           You’re All I Need To Get By (1971)

14           B7           Call Me (1970)

15                           Son of A Preacher Man (1970)

16                           Oh No Not My Baby (1970)

17                           Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing (1975)

18                           Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves (duet with Eurythmics) (1985)

19                           To Be Young Gifted and Black (1972)

20                           Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) (1973)

21                           I Knew You Were Waiting For Me” – With George Michael(1987)

22                           “Think” (1968)

 

A Brand New Me Weaves Classic Vocals From The Queen of Soul’s Biggest Hits For Atlantic Records Together With Newly Recorded Arrangements By The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

 

A BRAND NEW ME: ARETHA FRANKLIN WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC

Track Listing

CD / Digital

  1. “Think”
  2. “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”
  3. “I Say A Little Prayer”
  4. “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”
  5. “A Brand New Me”
  6. “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)”
  7. “Angel”
  8. “Border Song (Holy Moses)”
  9. “Let It Be”
  10. “People Get Ready”
  11. “Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby)”
  12. “You’re All I Need To Get By”
  13. “Son Of A Preacher Man”
  14. “Respect”

 

LP

SIDE A

  1. “Think”
  2. “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”
  3. “I Say A Little Prayer”
  4. “A Brand New Me”
  5. “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)”
  6. “Angel”

SIDE B

  1. “Border Song (Holy Moses)”
  2. “Let It Be”
  3. “People Get Ready”
  4. “You’re All I Need To Get By”
  5. “Son Of A Preacher Man”
  6. “Respect”

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Great things never come from comfort zones

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…listening to any song by Aretha Franklin

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Why did the giraffe cross the road? It was the chicken’s day off.

LOVE IS…

Love is…a relationship that has come a long way

TRACK OF THE DAY

RESPECT – Aretha Franklin

Highest Chart Position: No.10 13 July 1967

©2018 Phil M Robinson

 

 

 

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