December 27th, 2010
Earlier this month it was reported that Aretha Franklin has cancer. Let’s hope she’s manages to beat her illness.
There are times when I write these notes that I wonder if I should just assume the reader will know the artist at hand or if I should assume ignorance. People more or less my age and older will undoubtedly know who Aretha Franklin is. I’m hoping that there are some younger folk out there who know her cover of “Respect”.
Honestly, I don’t know her career inside and out. She began singing at church at a young age and you can hear the gospel influence on her version of Otis Redding’s classic song which really made her a superstar. She also had a role in The Blues Brothers which featured another great song, “Think”.
I do recall a resurgence of her popularity in the mid-80s and the god-awful “Freeway of Love” and that duet with Annie Lennox. I’ll stick with her R&B, soul, and gospel stuff.
This is Franklin’s performance from the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden on 2 May 1968. It’s an FM recording so it’s good quality, although there’s some hiss present.
Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream >
Baby, I Love You
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Come Back Baby
Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)
Since You’ve Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
Chain Of Fools
In addition to the concert being broadcast on the radio, it was also on Swedish TV. Here’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”.