Posts Tagged ‘Aretha Franklin’

Ain’t No Way

May 25, 2019

“Ain’t No Way,” written by Carolyn Franklin, recorded by Aretha Franklin, 1968.

Aretha Franklin (lead vocal, piano); background vocals by Carolyn Franklin, Cissy Huston, and the Sweet Inspirations.

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There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood

December 16, 2018

“There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood,” lyrics written by William Cowper, recorded by 14-year-old Aretha Franklin, 1956.

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Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream

November 10, 2018

“Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream,” written by Aretha Franklin and recorded by her in 1967.

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Nobody Like You

October 28, 2018

“Nobody Like You,” written by James Cleveland, recorded by Aretha Franklin, 1962.

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Precious Lord Take My Hand

October 14, 2018

“Precious Lord Take My Hand,” written by Thomas A. Dorsey, recorded by 14-year-old Aretha Franklin, 1956.

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Won’t Be Long

October 13, 2018

“Won’t Be Long,” written by J. Leslie McFarland, performed by Aretha Franklin on the Steve Allen Show, 1964. Ms. Franklin’s studio version of the tune was released in 1962.

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Ain’t No Way

October 6, 2018

“Ain’t No Way,” written by Carolyn Franklin and recorded by her older sister Aretha Franklin in 1968.

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Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

July 7, 2018

“Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” written by Chips Moman and Dan Penn, recorded by Aretha Franklin in 1967. Ms. Franklin played piano on the session and her sisters Carolyn and Irma sang backup.

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Freeway Of Love

September 3, 2016

“Freeway Of Love,” written by Jeffrey Cohen and Narada Michael Walden, recorded by Aretha Franklin in 1985. The video, directed by Brian Grant, was shot entirely in Detroit.

“City traffic’s movin’ way too slow
Drop the pedal and go, go, go

Wind’s against our back
We goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of love
In my pink Cadillac”

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Spirit in the Dark

April 10, 2016

“Spirit in the Dark,” written by and performed by Aretha Franklin, with the Sweet Inspirations and the Dixie Flyers. This 1970 recording was produced by Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler, and Tom Dowd.

Related:

“Soul Survivor: The revival and hidden treasure of Aretha Franklin,” David Remnick, The New Yorker

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