Thursday, 16 August 2018 16:00

Aretha Franklin: The Legacy Of Lady Soul

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Aretha Franklin, who died today at 76 after on-off health issues, was descended from musical royalty that determined the direction of her life. Though born in Memphis, daughter of Mississippi Delta-born Reverend C. L. Franklin, she made her name in Detroit, where her father became a per-eminent African-American preacher and social activist, his sermons so charismatic some were released on record. Realizing his daughter's talents, he supported her desire to sing, so much so that she made her first gospel album at 14, for JVB Records, the same label that released his own sermons.

It's impossible to hit everyone's favorites here, so I've tried to honor history with some memorable live performances.

Published in Get Rhythm