Gifts for Music Lovers : Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
“As of 2016, Aretha Franklin still holds the record for the most hits on the Billboard Hot 100 … she is still on the road and performing in her 74th year.” (Even though her doctors advise her to take it easy.)
* * Quote source: “FUV Essentials: Aretha Franklin.” WFUV. Fordham University, 12 Sept. 2016. Web. 17 Oct. 2016. (http://www.wfuv.org/content/aretha-franklin-1 ).
When it comes to listening to the undisputed Queen of Soul, no persuasion is needed. Two years ago, at 70+ years young, Sista Franklin released an album (October 21st, 2014) proving to everyone that she still has a powerful set of lungs. Her vocal performances never disappoint. However, if you need convincing check out Glenn Gamboa’s review at newsday.com:
New Artists Are Always Asked About Their Musical Influences
These days, many up and coming musicians, singers and songwriters pay their respects to musical legends like Aretha Franklin. Example? Esperanza Spalding, an impressive little soul sister who started her musical career at age 5, playing the violin, and grew into a mature jazz musician, singer and songwriter, won several Grammy awards and was invited to perform at the White House. Ms. Franklin is one of her favorite musicians. In another WFUV article, she was profiled and when asked to share a list of what she considered “Five Essential Aretha Franklin Songs“ , she named these:
Ms. Spalding’s taste in music is quite good. However, with respect, if you have never purchased a record, an album or any music performed by Aretha Franklin in any format, then the album you should pick is:
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