THE QUEEN OF THE SOUL – Aretha Franklin: Music changes and I will always change along with it

We all ask and want respect, man or woman, black or white

The racial composition of the city in 2007 was 62.6% African American. Its music is a mix of African American and white influences. One of its famous rock bands is Skillet, formed in 1966 by John L. Cooper. The city of Memphis hosted blues bands on Beale Street, the ones that later gave rise to the unique early 20th century blues genre. To listen to good live music, check out the address of The Buccaneer Lounge,1368 Monroe Ave (Memphis, Tennessee). Among the artists who started their careers here, you find Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, Justin Timberlake, Eric Gales and Aretha Franklin.

For her, falling out of love was like losing weight: easier to put on than to lose it. Born in Memphis in the spring of 1942, she died in Detroit on a summer day in 2018. Her name is on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the long walkway on Hollywood Hill (Los Angeles, California). Counting her career, she is the third most awarded woman in Grammy history, having received 21. Singer-songwriter and pianist, Aretha Franklin has been one of the icons of American music.

Her figure is one of the most influential in the history of music. Well known for her music production (especially soul, gospel and R&B), for her ability to add a soulful streak to anything she sang, Aretha Franklin had been nicknamed The Queen of Soul. After her parents separated, she went to live in Detroit with her father and two sisters who sang in the parish choir, while she also played the piano. Fourteen, she followed her father on a preaching journey, showing off her gospel repertoire. Aretha Franklin showed determination to enter the world of music, but the pop repertoire imposed on her by the record company Columbia did not allow her to express her potential as a soul singer. After moving to Atlantic Records, she became the Queen of Soul, pride of African American minorities with her interpretation of Otis Redding’s Respect.

RESPECTWhat you want baby. I got it. What you need do you know I got it? All I am asking’ is for a little respect when you get home, just a little bit. Hey, baby, just a little bit, when you get home. Just a little bit, mister, just a little bit. I am not going to do you wrong while you are gone. Am not going to do you wrong because I do not want to. All I am asking’ is for a little respect when you come home, just a little bit. Baby, just a little bit, when you get home, just a little bit. Yeah, just a little bit, I am about to give you all of my money and all I am asking’ in return, honey, is to give me my proper’s when you get home. Just a, just a, just a, just a. Yeah, baby just a, just a, just a, just a. When you get home, just a little bit. Yeah, just a little bit. Ooh, your kisses.

After a stormy relationship that led to alcoholism, Aretha Franklin divorced in 1969. In the early seventies her records – ranging from gospel music to blues, to psychedelic music and rock and roll – climbed the US charts. With her participation in the film The Blues Brothers, in 1980 she returned to public attention. In 2017, she held her last live performance, singing I Say a Little Prayer. Numerous pink Cadillacs escorted tribute to one of her songs from 1985, her coffin to Woodlawn cemetery, where he awaits your visit.

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