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Friday, September 21st

sweet soul music

Ry Cooder featuring The Hamiltones, “I Can’t Win,” Danbury, Conn., 2018

 

Thursday, September 13th

basement jukebox

Aretha Franklin, 1942-2018

“I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” (R. Shannon), 1967

 

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“Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (C. Moman, D. Penn), 1967

 

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“Respect” (O. Redding), 1967

 

Tuesday, August 21st

what’s new

Tower of Power, live, Washington, D.C., 8/13/18

 

Friday, August 17th

passings

Aretha Franklin, singer, pianist, March 25, 1942-August 16, 2018

Today we remember her by revisiting previous posts.

10/18/09

Here—at the funeral service for Bishop David L. Ellis, pastor of Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith—Aretha testifies.

Aretha Franklin, “Never Grow Old,” live, Detroit, 1996

 

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lagniappe

[A] lengthy service was perceived to be an honor to the deceased—a testimony to the great impact of his or her life. Consider the 1996 funeral of Bishop David Ellis Sr., pastor of Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple of the Apostolic Faith, whose services stretched over three days. His body was laid to rest in a $30,000 gold-plated casket that was ‘propped at an angle in the church aisle so mourners could see his body resting on red velvet cushions.’—Karla FC Holloway (in Passed On: African American Mourning Stories [2002])

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10/25/09

When someone sounds as good as Aretha did last Sunday, only one word seems to fit: more.

Aretha Franklin (joined on the second number by Billy Preston and Little Richard), “Surely God Is Able,” “Packin’ Up,” live (Tribute to Marion Williams), Washington, D.C., 1993

 

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lagniappe

My heart is still there in gospel music. It never left.—Aretha Franklin

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11/1/09

Aretha didn’t have to wait until she was grown to be great. She was great when she was 14.

Aretha Franklin (at 14, vocal and piano), “Precious Lord,” live, Detroit (New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, was pastor), 1956

 

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10/24/10

Here’s more of the late Albertina Walker.

“Lord, Remember Me,” live

 

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“I’m Still Here” (joined by Delores Washington), live, 1998, Philadelphia

 

Want more? Here.

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lagniappe

Here’s a better clip from this service than the one posted last Sunday (now deleted).

Aretha Franklin, “I’ll Fly Away,” live, Homegoing Service for Albertina Walker, Chicago (West Point Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove), 10/15/10

 

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12/12/10

Friends and fans of Aretha Franklin offered prayers and good wishes after learning that the Queen of Soul, one of Detroit’s beloved musical artists, is suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The Detroit News, 12/8/10

A world without Aretha?

Impossible.

Aretha Franklin, “Oh It Is Jesus,” “Old Landmark,” live, featuring Rev. Cecil Franklin (brother) & Erma Franklin (sister), Detroit, 1985 (TV broadcast 1986)

 

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4/8/12

Aretha testifies

Aretha Franklin, “Surely God Is Able,” live, Detroit, 1990

 

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1/6/13

The other day, in the wake of Inez’s [Andrews] passing, we heard several takes on this. How about another?

Aretha Franklin (with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community Choir), “Mary, Don’t You Weep,” live, Los Angeles, 1972

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6/23/14

passings

Gerry Goffin, lyricist, February 11, 1939-June 19, 2014

The Shirelles, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (G. Goffin, C. King), 1961

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The Drifters, “Up on the Roof” (G. Goffin, C. King), 1962


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Aretha Franklin, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (G. Goffin, C. King, J. Wexler), 1967

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1/1/16

What better way to start the new year?

Aretha Franklin, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (G. Goffin, C. King, J. Wexler), live, Washington, D.C., 2015

 

Friday, July 27th

sweet soul music

Anthony Hamilton, live, Washington, D.C., 2016

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Monhegan Island, Maine

Thursday, June 21st

basement jukebox

Jimmy Ruffin, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” 1966

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Our share of night to bear –
Our share of morning –
Our blank in bliss to fill,
Our blank in scorning –

Here a star, and there a star,
Some lose their way!
Here a mist – and there a mist –
Afterwards – Day!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 116 (Franklin)

Saturday, June 16th

desert island disc

Ann Peebles, I Can’t Stand the Rain (Willie Mitchell, prod.), 1974

 

Track list:

  1. “I Can’t Stand The Rain” (Don Bryant, Bernard “Bernie” Miller, Ann Peebles) – 2:31
  2. “Do I Need You” (Bryant, Peebles) – 2:33
  3. “Until You Came into My Life” (Bryant, Miller, Peebles) – 3:13
  4. “(You Keep Me) Hanging On” (Ira Allen, Buddy Mize) – 2:44
  5. “Run Run Run” (Bryant, Darryl Carter, Peebles) – 2:38
  6. “If We Can’t Trust Each Other” (Earl Randle) – 2:55
  7. “A Love Vibration” (Bryant, Miller, Peebles) – 2:50
  8. “You Got to Feed the Fire” (Bryant, Miller, Peebles) – 2:22
  9. “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” (Earl Randle) – 2:45
  10. “One Way Street” (Bryant, Peebles) – 2:50

Thursday, April 19th

basement jukebox

O.V. Wright, “A Nickel and a Nail” (Willie Mitchell, prod.), 1971

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Thursday, April 12th

basement jukebox

Syl Johnson, “Take Me to the River” (Al Green, Mabon “Teenie” Hodges, writers; Willie Mitchell, producer), 1975

 

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

I am waiting, patiently, for the United States Postal Service to issue a Forever stamp honoring Willie Mitchell. Nobody—nobody—has produced better records.

Friday, February 23rd

timeless

Marvin Gaye (1939-1984), “What’s Going On” (M. Gaye, A. Cleveland, R. Benson), “What’s Happening Brother” (M. Gaye, J. Nyx Jr.), live, Chicago, 1972

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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