On this day 50 years ago, a little-known gospel singer from Detroit went into a New York City recording studio to try to jump-start her career. No one saw it coming, but the song Aretha Franklin laid down on Valentine’s Day 1967 would go on to become one of the greatest recordings of all time.
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The Tribeca Film Festival will open its sixteenth edition with the world premiere of Chris Perkel’s feature-length documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. The premiere will be followed by a special concert featuring performances by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many more, taking opening night beyond the screen to honor the legendary music executive and producer. The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19th to the 30th.
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Aretha Franklin hosted a glittering holiday soiree Tuesday night at the International Banquet Center in Greektown, Detroit, with surprise guests the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his son, Jesse Jackson Jr., circulating and posing for selfies amidst an array of Detroit TV, radio and music personalities. … Amidst holiday decorations and flowers, the Queen of Soul presented a lively slate of entertainment after dinner, including singer Jody Watley.
…The Queen of Soul will be giving back to the Detroit community with a free holiday feast from 3-7 p.m. Christmas Eve at her father’s former church, New Bethel Baptist Church, 8430 C.L. Franklin Blvd.
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Last year, the White House jumped on Spotify to post President Obama’s summer playlists. This year, President Obama is once again sharing his summer picks. Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady” is included on the President’s “Day” playlist, shown below, for the second year in a row.
The President’s 2016 Summer Playlist: Day
- LoveHate Thing – Wale
- Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges
- Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett
- Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
- Many the Miles – Sara Bareilles
- Tightrope – Janelle Monáe
- Classic Man – Jidenna
- So Ambitious – Jay Z feat. Pharrell
- Me Gustas Tu – Manu Chao
- Forever Begins – Common
- The Man – Aloe Blacc
- As We Enter – Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
- Sinnerman – Nina Simone
- U Got the Look – Prince
- Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
- Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
- Don’t Owe You A Thang – Gary Clark Jr.
- Man Like That – Gin Wigmore
- II B.S. (edit) – Charles Mingus
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- Aretha Franklin Featured In White House Spotify Playlist – August 14, 2015
The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame will be inducting the “Queen of Soul” into its Class of 2016 this fall. The winners were announced Wednesday at a news conference at the Buffalo History Museum and Grammy winner Aretha Franklin has been named as one of this year’s inductees.
“I am honored to be inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame,” WBBZ-TV personality Kim Piazza read to a crowd at the Buffalo History Museum. “I grew up and have performed in your city over the years, and it is one of my favorite stops. Thank you to all the great music lovers in Buffalo. Sincerely, Aretha Franklin.”
The Queen of Soul, who briefly lived in Buffalo when she was a very young child, will receive the President’s Award and be one of 11 musicians formally honored at the 34th annual Buffalo Hall Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Gala on Oct. 6 in the Cardinal O’Hara Performing Arts Center, 39 Ohara Road, Tonawanda.
Top Photo: Aretha Franklin during a show at Artpark. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)
Singing in a Baptist church Friday afternoon, Aretha Franklin brought a crowd of hundreds to its feet at a dedication ceremony to rename a street outside after her father, the late Rev. C.L. Franklin.
After performing on stage at New Bethel Baptist Church, she strode up the aisle, continuing to wail as a couple of worshippers shook a tambourine.
… The renaming of the street is “an acknowledgement of his contributions to the city and the country,” Franklin said. “I’m thrilled. It couldn’t come fast enough. I’m just delighted to see so many people come out.”
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The Rev. C.L. Franklin gets a kiss on the cheeks from his daughters Aretha, left and Carolyn, right in 1965. (Photo: Ed Haun, Detroit Free Press)
On April 29, Herbie Hancock, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and more played at the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert, held at the White House in Washington, D.C. After opening remarks from President Obama, the concert also featured performances from Aretha Franklin, who paid tribute to the late Prince with a rendition of “Purple Rain” (at the 1:14:00 mark below).
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- Aretha Franklin Set to Perform During International Jazz Day 2016 – March 31, 2016
Aretha Franklin was in the mood for celebrating, and not just because she had a birthday party.
“Good news, we’re ready to sign for the movie,” Franklin said Thursday night of the biopic about her life she has been trying to arrange with Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein. “We’ve agreed on all the key points. There’s very little left now (to negotiate), very little. They have given me creative control and that’s all I wanted.”
Franklin, who turned 74 on March 25, spoke to The Associated Press in the first floor lounge of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where she has held parties before, as some 100 of her friends gathered Thursday to wish her a happy birthday.
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“President Obama and Michelle Obama to host International Jazz Day 2016 All-Star Global Concert at The White House featuring Herbie Hancock, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Trombone Shorty, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Hugh Masekela, Buddy Guy, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny and many others.”
Read more at Jazz Day.
What do you feel has been your greatest legacy?
I don’t know — somewhere between the musical and the humanitarian. That was one reason that I was so appreciative of the Presidential Medal of Freedom because it spoke to my service to humanity and the community.
The Queen accomplishes more than just singing, you know.
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