The Queen of Soul has left the stage. Aretha Franklin, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76 years old. Long may she reign in our hearts and souls.
Tag: Aretha Franklin
Jul 01 2010
It is a huge news day today, what with death and confirmation on everyone’s mind…and I’m not going to do anything about it-well, not today, anyway.
Instead, I’m taking the day off to bring you something more compelling: a music appreciation class, with recordings old and new, and just right for your summer soundtrack.
And if that’s not enough…by an amazing coincidence, we also get to talk about the (I never even know it existed) McRice burger, and, just for a summer bonus, we even have a smoking hot male model to grab your attention.
It’s all about fun today, so let’s get right to having some.
Jun 26 2010
This week’s selection was written and recorded as a blues tune by a well-known and successful male Motown performer in 1965, reached the Top 5 on Billboard’s Black Singles Chart, and crossed over to a wider audience, peaking at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. This song’s success did not end here, however.
A rising female Motown star recorded her version on February 14, 1967, along with two sisters who provided backing vocals. King Curtis’ tenor saxophone was added to this recording, and became part of her debut album, entitled, “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You”, the title track becoming a hit in its own right. This week’s selection was later released as a single, attaining far greater success than the original. The song remained at the #1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and retained the same position for eight weeks on the Billboard Black Singles chart. This song also went to #10 on the charts in the U.K., propelling the performer to international stardom.
Jun 12 2010
Do you remember the late 1960s, still have a tie-dyed shirt, your original Woodstock rock festival poster, bell bottoms, and other assorted memorabilia from this now seemingly innocent and magical era buried somewhere in your closet or attic? If so, this week’s selection should transport you back to that era, so filled with anger, protest, and yet, remarkably, relative prosperity and hope for the future.
This song from 1968 instantly evokes the counterculture of the time, even though it never became a mainstream hit, peaking at only #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song was more successful in Canada (#35) and the U. K. (#21). The album on which the song appeared, “Music from Big Pink”, was ranked #34 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Bob Dylan was credited with designing the cover for this album.
Remarkably, the laid-back feel of “Music from Big Pink” was cited by Eric Clapton as inspiring him to leave Cream and pursue the stylings found in his work with Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie, Derek and the Dominoes, and for his debut album. George Harrison also took took note of this style and the associated down-home camaraderie as the divisiveness within the Beatles intensified.
Aug 08 2008
Thursday, I Think Seriously, About Stupid Shit
and now a word from the management…..
Writing In The Raw
Tonight! 10PM, FrontPage
back to our scheduled essay, now in progress…..
Staying with todays theme…………”What is our chil’un thinking?”
I woke up this morning with this playing in my head:
We’re not too big
and we’re not too tough
but when we work together
we got the right stuff!
This was strange enough because I haven’t seen this program since last December, when I watched it with my grandson…..
and I thought about how I hope this little song stays with this generation of children….
that they’ll ‘get’ the lesson of working together…… getting along…..