I just want to focus on Ms. Franklin’s retooling of other classic songs to point out her musical brilliance. As a trained pianist and arranger she oversaw the construction of those songs and added her own spin. The harmonies alone took these songs in a completely different direction.
In a hat tip to the universe and serendipity here’s a clip from a recent interview on CBS Sunday Morning where she is specifically asked about receiving acknowledgement as a songwriter instead of as a singer alone.
Personally, I think her versions of the following songs are superior to each original. She was one of the only black artists during that era to not be signed to Motown by the way. Thus her career wasn’t hampered like so many other female recording artists were as many have claimed due to a certain diva and her relationship with Barry Gordy. #justsayin’
Respect – cover of Otis Redding
Bridge Over Troubled Water – cover of Simon & Garfunkle
You’re All I Need To Get By – cover of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Natural Woman – cover of Carole King
People Get Ready – cover of Curtis Mayfield
**video was pulled!** I still wanted to share.
There is a reason why she was dubbed and protects her legacy as the Queen Of Soul. Brilliant!!
Here’s the full CBS interview while it’s available!
What are some of your favorite Aretha Franklin songs?