Friday, August 17, 2018

Aretha Franklin 1942 -- 2018

My all-time favorite of hers.

A work of genius for her piano playing alone.

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- this death shit is really starting to piss me off.


Billy B said...

RIP Aretha.

She will be sorely missed.

Saw where the Orange Oaf says she worked for him on many occasions.

pete said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Aretha Franklin was the preeminent female artist of the 20th Century. Georgia O'Keefe? Virginia Woolf? I don't think so.

elroy said...

I just love how she decides which parts of this she sings and others she leaves to the other singers - she skips much of the meat of the lyrics and still makes this song hers. I like the Warwick version but man...this is may all time fave as well.

Anonymous said...

We will need many months if not years to process Aretha's passing and her place as one of the musical greats.

I Say a Little Prayer is truly a great performance. I imagine I can feel the joy and fun she had recording the track.

Captain Al

steve simels said...

LOUSY ROCK CRITIC OF THE MILLENIUM: Dan McLaughlin in the National Review.

" I might not rate her [Aretha Franklin] as the single greatest female vocalist of the rock era — Kelly Clarkson and Linda Ronstadt come to mind as more versatile across musical genres and more varied in their emotional resonances —"

Kelly fucking Clarkson, better than Aretha. Sure thing, pal.

Mark said...

Speaking of National Review and Aretha Franklin, William F. Buckley crossed paths with Aretha on Woody Allen's 1967 Kraft Music Hall TV special, "Woody Allen Looks at 1967," which you can see at

By "crossing paths" I mean that Buckley and Franklin were on the same show but not at the same time.