Aretha Franklin, long live the Queen!


ArethaGospelJust what more can I add about the loss of the “Queen Of Soul” and the contributions that she made to American Music? Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singe, pianist, songwriter.

ArethaColumbiaShe began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. Her mother was a musician, piano player and this was the genesis of her own style of music.

In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but achieving only modest success.

RespectThings changed when she was signed to Atlantic records in 1966. The hits started coning with songs like “Respect”, (written by Otis Redding)

NaturalWoman“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin

UntilYouComeBack“Until You Come Back To Me”, (written by Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, and Stevie Wonder).

LadySoulBy the end of the 1960’s the phrase “Queen Of Soul” had been tagged to her.

INeverLovedAManMy Top-Five favorite songs by her are:

1)“I Never Loved A Man The Way That I Love You”

DontPlayThatSong2)“Don’t Play That Song”

ChainOfFools3)“Chain Of Fools”

AllTheKingsHorses4)“All The King’s Horses” (written by Aretha herself)

RockSteady5)“Rock Steady”

DayDreamingOkay, I lied, there wasn’t room for six songs in a “Top-5”. I guess I should refer to “Day Dreaming” as an “Honorable Mention”?

ISayALittlePrayerShe charted 112 singles on Billboard’s charts

SpanishHarlemwith 77 charting on the Hot-100 and

Angel17 going to the Top-10.

TheHouseThatJackBuiltShe place 100 singles on the Rhythm & Blues chart

GreatestHitswith 20 No. 1 singles.

JumpinJackFlashShe is the most charted female artist on the Rhythm & Blues chart as well.

ArethaGrammyShe won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from 1968 through to 1975.

ArethaGold1Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, becoming the first female performer to be inducted.

ArethaGold2She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Soul69In August 2012, she was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

aretha-franklin-deadBorn in Memphis, raised in Detroit, she brought a lot of love and light to this world. God Bless and thanx for all the GREAT music.