Allen Toussaint – Southern Nights (1975)

FrontCover1.jpgSouthern Nights is a 1975 R&B concept album by Allen Toussaint. Seminal to the development of New Orleans R&B, Toussaint incorporated into the album elements of funk and soul music, while, according to AllMusic, suggesting neo-psychedelia. Two singles were released in support of the album, “Country John” backed with “When the Party’s Over” and “Southern Nights”—Toussaint’s signature song—backed with “Out of the City”. Although neither single charted for Toussaint, “Southern Nights” as later covered by Glen Campbell in 1977 reached number one in Billboard’s country, pop and adult contemporary charts. Released in May 1975 by Reprise Records, the album has been subsequently reissued multiple times on both LP and CD.

Among the better known songs of the album, “Southern Nights” was Toussaint’s tribute to evenings spent with his Creole family on a porch in the song-writer’s native Louisiana. The song that would become Toussaint’s signature song was brought to the attention of Glen Campbell by Campbell-collaborator Jimmy Webb. Campbell released it on an album he titled Southern Nights in February 1977, whereupon it spent four weeks at the top of the country, pop and adult contemporary charts. Toussaint’s version of the song was very different from the “cheerful catchiness and…bright, colorful feel” of Campbell’s; AllMusic comments in its album review on the “swirling, trippy arrangement that plays like a heat mirage” of Toussaint’s version, while The Times-Picayune remarked in 2009 on its “strange psychedelic-swamp-water sound.”

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In 1994, Toussaint came out of a lengthy hiatus as a performer to record the song in duet with Chet Atkins for the compilation album Rhythm, Country and Blues. Toussaint frequently performed the song in concert. (by wikipedia)

Allen Toussaint produced a kind of masterpiece with his first Reprise album, Life, Love and Faith, finding previously unimagined variations on his signature New Orleans R&B sound. For its 1975 sequel, Southern Nights, he went even further out, working with producer Marshall Sehorn to create a hazy vague concept album that flirted with neo-psychedelia while dishing out his deepest funk and sweetest soul. It’s a bit of an unfocused album, but that’s largely due to the repeated instrumental “filler,” usually based on the theme of the title song, that pops up between every two or so songs, undercutting whatever momentum the album is building.

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That, along with a song or two that are merely average Toussaint, prevents Southern Nights from being a full-fledged masterpiece, but it comes close enough to that level of distinction anyway due to the brilliance of its best songs. There is, of course, “Southern Nights,” which Glen Campbell later took to the top of the charts, but it’s nearly unrecognizable here, given a swirling, trippy arrangement that plays like a heat mirage. It’s rivalled by the exquisite “What Do You Want the Girl to Do?,” later covered by both Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs, neither of which equal the beautiful, sighing resignation of Toussaint’s impeccable vocal performance. Then, there are the songs that weren’t covered, but should have been, like the nearly anthemic “Back in Baby’s Arm,” the rolling, catchy “Basic Lady,” the stately “You Will Not Lose,” or the steady-grooving end-of-the-night “When the Party’s Over.”

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Then, there are the songs that perhaps only Toussaint could sing, given their complex yet nimble grooves: witness how “Country John” seems like a simple, straight-ahead New Orleans raver but really switches tempo and rhythm over the course of the song, or how the monumental “Last Train” builds from its spare, funky opening to a multi-layered conclusion boasting one of Toussaint’s best horn arrangements and vocal hooks. These disparate sounds may not be tied together by the interludes, as they were intended, but they nevertheless hold together because they’re strong songs all bearing Toussaint’s unmistakable imprint. They’re so good that they nearly knock the “near” of off the near-masterpiece status for Southern Nights, and they’re the reason why the album should be a part of any serious soul collection. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Carl Blouin (saxophone)
Gary Brown (saxophone)
Lester Caliste (trombone)
Steve Howard (trumpet)
Claude Kerr, Jr. (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Ziggy Modeliste (drums)
Charles Victor Moore (guitar)
Jim Moore (flute, saxophone)
Arthur “Red” Neville (organ)
Leo Nocentelli (guitar)
George Porter, Jr. (bass)
Lon Price (flute, saxophone)
Alfred “Uganda” Roberts (percussion)
Teddy Royal (guitar)
Allen Toussaint (guitar, harmonica, keyboards, vocals)
Clyde Williams (drums)
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background vocals:
Joan Harmon – Sharon Nabonne  – Deborah Paul

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Tracklist:
01. Last Train 3.02
02. Worldwide 2.43
03. Back In Baby’s Arms 4.50
04. Country John 4.46
05. Basic Lady 2.59
06. Southern Nights 3.38
07. You Will Not Lose 3.42
08. What Do You Want The Girl To Do?” 3.42
09. When The Party’s Over 2.38
10. Cruel Way To Go Down 3.55

All songs composed by Allen Toussaint

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Southern nights
Have you ever felt a southern night?
Free as a breeze
Not to mention the trees
Whistling tunes that you know and love so.
Southern nights
Just as good even when closed yours eyes.
I apologize to anyone who can truly say
That he has found a better way
Southern skies
Have you ever noticed southern skies?
It’s precious beauty lies just beyond the eye.
It goes running through your soul
Like the stories told of old
Old man
He and his dog that walked the old land
Every flower touched his cold hand.
As he slowly walked by
Weeping willows
Would cry for joy, joy
Feel so good
Feel so good
It’s frightening.
Wish I could stop this world from fighting.
La da da da da da la da da da da da da da da . . .
Mysteries like this and many others in the trees
Blow in the night
In the southern skies.
Southern nights
They feel so good it’s frightening . . .

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James Brown & The Famous Flames – The Amazing James Brown (1961)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Amazing James Brown is the fourth studio album by American musician James Brown and The Famous Flames. The album was released in 1961, by King Records. (by wikipedia)

1961’s THE AMAZING JAMES BROWN, credited to JAMES BROWN and his FAMOUS FLAMES, was his fourth album release for King Records (K-743). As usual, the album contained a host of recent singles, and a few that would be released later on. For example, “So Long,” “Dancin’ Little Thing” and “Tell Me What You’re Gonna Do” were released on singles in 1964 while Brown and King honcho Syd Nathan were battling over his contract with Smash Records (see my OUT OF SIGHT review). “So Long” had also been released on the preceding album, THINK! King also reissued the album in 1963 with a different cover as “THE ALWAYS AMAZING JAMES BROWN” and in England it was known as “TELL ME WHAT YOU’RE GONNA DO” with it’s own unique cover art. They did this regularly with a lot of his albums hoping to get repeat sales from those not paying attention to the track list. In 1963 half of the album’s tracks were used again for the release SHOUT AND SHIMMY aka GOOD, GOOD TWISTIN’ aka COOL-TOUGH-PURE EXCITEMENT “Mr. Dynamite.” (byJohn H. McCarthy)

And this is a real “hot” LP …a great ixture between’Rhythm & Blues an Soul … James Brown was a real master of his own … Listen for example to “Come Over Here” or “So Long” (both songs with great saxophone solo) … and you´ll know, what I mean.

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Personnel:
James Brown (vocals. piano)
Les Buie (guitar)
Bobby Byrd (keyboards, background vocals)
Alfred Corley (saxophone)
J.C. Davis (saxophone)
Alfred “Fats Gonder (keyboards)
Nat Kendrick (drums)
Roscoe Patrick (trumpet)
Herbert Lee Perry (bass)
Sonny Thompson (piano)
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background vocals:
Eugene “Baby Lloyd” Stallworth – Bobby Bennett

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Tracklist:
01. Just You And Me Darling (Brown) 2.49
02. I Love You Yes I Do (Glover/Nix/Seiler/Wood) 2.50
03. I Don’t Mind (Brown) 2.48
04. Come Over Here (Brown/Turner) 2.47
05. The Bells (Ward) 2.58
06. Love Don’t Love Nobody (Brown) 2.08
07. Dancin’ Little Thing (Ballard) 2.22
08. Lost Someone (Brown/Byrd/Stallworth) 3.10
09. And I Do Just What I Want (Brown) 2.28
10. So Long (Harris/Melsher/Morgan) 2.53
11. You Don’t Have To Go (Brown) 2.51
12. Tell Me What You’re Gonna Do(Brown) 2.12

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James Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006)

Roberta Flack – First Take (1969)

FrontCover1.jpgFirst Take is the debut album by the American soul singer Roberta Flack. It was released in 1969 on Atlantic Records. After a track from this album, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” was included by Clint Eastwood in his 1971 film Play Misty for Me with the song becoming a #1 hit in the United States, this album became #1 on the U.S. album chart. (by wikipedia)

Roberta Flack’s debut album, titled First Take in true underachiever fashion, introduced a singer who’d assimilated the powerful interpretive talents of Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, the earthy power of Aretha Franklin, and the crystal purity and emotional resonance of folksingers like Judy Collins. Indeed, the album often sounded more like vocal jazz or folk than soul, beginning with the credits: a core quartet of Flack on piano, John Pizzarelli on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Ray Lucas on drums, as fine a lineup as any pop singer could hope to recruit. With only one exception — the bluesy, grooving opener “Compared to What,” during which Flack proves her chops as a soul belter — she concentrates on readings of soft, meditative material. A pair of folk covers, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye,” are heart-wrenching standouts; the first even became a surprise hit two years later, when its appearance in the Clint Eastwood film Play Misty for Me pushed it to the top of the pop charts and earned Flack her first Grammy award for Record of the Year.

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Her arrangement of the traditional “I Told Jesus” has a simmering power, while “Ballad of the Sad Young Men” summons a stately sense of melancholy. Flack also included two songs from her college friend and future duet partner, Donny Hathaway, including a tender examination of the classic May-December romance titled “Our Ages or Our Hearts.” The string arrangements of William Fischer wisely keep to the background, lending an added emotional weight to all of Flack’s pronouncements. No soul artist had ever recorded an album like this, making First Take one of the most fascinating soul debuts of the era. (by John Bush)

This album is a real great mixture between Jazz and Soul !

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Personnel:
Ron Carter (bass)
Roberta Flack (piano, vocals)
Ray Lucas (drums, percussion)
Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar)
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saxophone:
Seldon Powell – Frank Wess

cello:
Charles McCracken – George Ricci

trumpet:
Jimmy Nottingham – Joe Newman

violin:
Emanuel Green – Gene Orloff

viola:
Alfred Brown – Selwart Clarke – Theodore Israel

trombone:
Benny Powell

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Tracklist:
01. Compared To What (McDaniels) 5.16
02. Angelitos Negros (Blanco/UMaciste) 6.56
03. Our Ages Or Our Hearts (Ayers/Hathaway) 6.10
04. I Told Jesus (Traditiona) 6.10
05. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye (Cohen) 4.09
06. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (MacColl) 5.22
07. Tryin’ Times (Hathaway/Hutson) 5.08
08. Ballad Of The Sad Young Men (Landesman/Wolf) 7.00

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Aretha Franklin – The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging (1962)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin is the third studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on August 13, 1962 by Columbia Records. It was her first album to achieve any commercial success, reaching #69 on the Billboard pop album charts. Unlike its predecessor, however, it did not have a hit single. The album was recorded at Columbia Recording Studios, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York.

“Aretha is a natural. No matter what she sings – new songs like Without the One You Love (which she herself wrote) and Don’t Cry, Baby or time-tested standards like Try a Little Tenderness and I Apologize – she is completely free, uninhibited and thrilling”, Billy James, said.

“…Every step of the way, Aretha has grown. She has developed strength, assurance and style. She can be tender and moving, and she can swing. But there are none of the phony “hup’s”, “hey’s” and “ho’s” that are used liberally by performers anxious to tell the world that they are swingers. Instead, Aretha uses something else: talent. In a word, is a natural.” (by wikipedia)

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Personnel:
Aretha Franklin (vocals)
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Tracklist:
01. Don’t Cry, Baby (Bernie/Johnson/Unger) 3.24
02. Try A Little Tenderness (Campbell/Connelly/Woods) 3.17
03. I Apologize (Hoffman/Goodhart/Nelson) 2.54
04. Without The One You Love (Franklin) 2.49
05. Look For The Silver Lining (Kern/DeSylva) 3.05
06. I’m Sitting On Top Of The World (Henderson/Lewis/Young) 2.43
07. Just For A Thrill (Armstrong/Raye) 2.33
08. God Bless The Child (Holiday/Herzog, Jr.) 3.04
09. I’m Wandering (B.Gordy/Carlo) 3.27
10. How Deep Is The Ocean (Berlin) 2.49
11. I Don’t Know You Anymore (Geld/Udell) 2.50
12. Lover Come Back To Me (Romberg/Hammerstein II) 2.36

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Mavis Staples – Same (1969)

FrontCover1.jpgBorn in 1939 in Chicago, Mavis Staples achieved wide recognition as lead singer for the Staple Singers. She first recorded solo for Stax subsidiary Volt in 1969. Subsequent efforts included a Curtis Mayfield-produced soundtrack on Curtom, a disappointing nod to disco for Warner in 1979, a misguided stab at electropop with Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1984, and an uneven album for Paisley Park. Staples has a rich contralto voice that has neither the range of Aretha Franklin nor the power of Patti LaBelle. Her otherworldly power comes instead from a masterful command of phrasing and a deep-seated sensuality expressed through timbre manipulation. Both the Staple Singers and Mavis found fresh audiences stemming from their participation on the CD Rhythm Country and Blues, and in 1996 she issued Spirituals & Gospel: Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson. Her next recording project didn’t land for another eight years, although Have a Little Faith on Alligator became her highest-profile release in years.

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We’ll Never Turn Back appeared three years later in 2007. Staples teamed up with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy as producer for 2010’s You Are Not Alone, which won the 2011 Grammy Award in the category of Best Americana Album. One True Vine, released in 2013, was also produced by Tweedy and featured a mix of old and new songs written by the likes of George Clinton, Alan Sparhawk (Low), and Nick Lowe. Staples and Tweedy completed the final studio sessions of Pops Staples, released in 2015 as Don’t Lose This. Mavis Staples03Later that year, she released Your Good Fortune, a four-track EP made with Anti- labelmate Son Little. For Livin’ on a High Note, her 2016 release, she worked with M. Ward as producer, while Nick Cave, Neko Case, and Bon Iver were among its songwriters. Shortly after its release, HBO premiered Mavis!, a documentary. The following year, she released another album on Anti-, If All I Was Was Black, once again produced and primarily composed by Jeff Tweedy. (by Rob Bowman)

A powerhouse soul belter and wailer, Mavis Staples doesn’t have to play second fiddle to anyone, including Aretha Franklin, when it comes to pure, house-rocking, testifying authority. She’s seldom gotten a complete album of quality material, but on this 1969 debut, she took half-baked material and made it memorable. (by Ron Wynn)

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Personnel:
Barry Beckett (keyboards)
Roger Hawkins (drums)
Isaac Hayes (organ)
Edward Hinton (guitar)
Mavis Staples (vocals)
Marvell Thomas (piano)
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James Alexander (bass on 02. + 03.)
Donald “Duck” Dunn (bass on 05. – 11.)
Willie Hall (drums on 02. + 03.)
David Hood (bass on 05. – 11.)
Al Jackson, Jr. (drums on 05. – 11.)
Steve Cropper (guitar on 05. – 11.)

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Tracklist:
01. Until I Met You (Hutchison) 2.48
02. Sweet Things You Do (Isbell/Jones/Floyd) 2.39
03. The Choking Kind (Howard) 3.25
04. You’re Driving Me (To The Arms Of A Stranger) (Briggs) 3.23
05. A House Is Not A Home (Bacharach/David) 4.27
06. Security (Redding) 2.48
07. Son Of A Preacher Man (Hurley/Wilkins) 2.16
08. Pick Up The Pieces (Davies/Briggs/Barker) 3.05
09. Chained (Wilson) 2.50
10. Good To Me (Green/Redding) 3.15
11. You Send Me (Cook) 2.55

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Mavis Staples at the legendary Wattstax concert, which was held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on the 20th of August 1972.

Aretha Franklin – Live At The Jazzfestival Antibes (1970)

FrontCover1.jpgAretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer and pianist. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but achieving only modest success. After signing to Atlantic Records in 1966, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”, and “Spanish Harlem”.

By the end of the 1960s she was being called “The Queen of Soul”. Franklin recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Young, Gifted and Black (1972) and Amazing Grace (1972), before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, she left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with the albums Jump to It (1982) and Who’s Zoomin’ Who? (1985), and her part in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. In 1998, Franklin received international acclaim for singing the opera aria “Nessun dorma” at the Grammy Awards that year, replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that year, she scored her final Top 40 song with “A Rose Is Still a Rose”.

Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history. Franklin’s other well-known hits include “Rock Steady”, “Jump to It”, “Freeway of Love”, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who”, “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”, “Something He Can Feel”, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (with George Michael), and a remake of The Rolling Stones song “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from 1968 through to 1975, and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

Aretha Franklin01Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, becoming the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, she was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists by Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

After being raised in Detroit, Franklin relocated to New York City in the 1960s, where she lived until moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. She eventually settled in Encino, Los Angeles where she lived until 1982. She then returned to the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to be close to her ailing father and siblings. Franklin maintained a residence there until her death. Following an incident in 1984, she cited a fear of flying that prevented her from traveling overseas; she performed only in North America afterwards. Franklin was the mother of four sons. She first became pregnant at the age of 12 (!) and gave birth to her first child, named Clarence after her father, on January 28, 1955. According to the news site Inquisitr, “The father of the child was Donald Burk, a boy she knew from school.” On January 22, 1957, then aged 14 (!), Franklin had a second child, named Edward after his father Edward Jordan. Franklin did not like to discuss her early pregnancies with interviewers.

Both children took her family name. While Franklin was pursuing her career and “hanging out with [friends]”, Franklin’s grandmother Rachel and sister Erma took turns raising the children. Franklin would visit them often. Franklin’s third child, Ted White Jr., was born in February 1964 and is known professionally as Teddy Richards. He has provided guitar backing for his mother’s band during live concerts. Her youngest son, Kecalf Cunningham was born in 1970 and is the child of her road manager Ken Cunningham.

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Franklin was married twice. Her first husband was Theodore “Ted” White, whom she married in 1961 at age 19. Franklin had actually seen White the first time at a party held at her house in 1954. After a contentious marriage that involved domestic violence, Franklin separated from White in 1968, divorcing him in 1969. Franklin then married her second husband, actor Glynn Turman, on April 11, 1978 at her father’s church. By marrying Turman, Franklin became stepmother of Turman’s three children from a previous marriage. Franklin and Turman separated in 1982 after Franklin returned to Michigan from California, and they divorced in 1984. At one point, Franklin had plans to marry her longtime companion Willie Wilkerson. Franklin and Wilkerson had had two previous engagements stretching back to 1988. Franklin eventually called the 2012 engagement off. Franklin’s sisters, Erma and Carolyn, were professional musicians as well and spent years performing background vocals on Franklin’s recordings. Following Franklin’s divorce from Ted White, her brother Cecil became her manager, and maintained that position until his death from lung cancer on December 26, 1989. Sister Carolyn died the previous year in April 1988 from breast cancer, while eldest sister Erma died from throat cancer in September 2002. Franklin’s step-brother Vaughn died two months after Erma in late 2002. Her half-sister, Carl Kelley (née Jennings; born 1940) is C. L. Franklin’s daughter by Mildred Jennings, a then 12-year-old congregant of New Salem Baptist Church in Memphis, where C. L. was pastor.

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In 2010, Franklin canceled a number of concerts, after she decided to have surgery for an undisclosed tumor. Discussing the surgery in 2011, she quoted her doctor as saying that it would “add 15 to 20 years” to her life. She denied that the ailment had anything to do with pancreatic cancer, as had been rumored. On May 19, 2011, Franklin had her comeback show in the Chicago Theatre. In May 2013, she canceled two performances to deal with an undisclosed medical treatment. Later the same month, she canceled three June concerts and planned to return to perform in July. A show scheduled for July 27 in Clarkston, Michigan was canceled due to continued medical treatment. In addition, she canceled an appearance at a Major League Baseball luncheon in Chicago honoring her commitment to civil rights on August 24. She also canceled a performance of September 21 in Atlanta due to her health recovery. During a phone interview with the Associated Press in late August 2013, Franklin stated that she had a “miraculous” recovery from her undisclosed illness but had to cancel shows and appearances until her health was at 100%, estimating she was about “85% healed”. Franklin later returned to live performing, including a 2013 Christmas concert at Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel. She launched a multi-city tour in mid-2014, starting with a performance on June 14 in New York at Radio City Music Hall.

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In 2017, Franklin canceled a series of concerts due to health reasons. During an outdoor Detroit show, she asked the audience to “keep me in your prayers”. In July 2017, Franklin reemerged, appearing to have lost more weight before a performance at the Wolf Trap in Virginia. In 2018, she canceled a series of shows, citing doctor’s orders. Franklin’s final performance was at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City during Elton John’s 25th anniversary gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation on November 7, 2017.

On August 13, 2018, Franklin was reported to be gravely ill at her home in Riverfront Towers, Detroit. She was reported to be under hospice care and surrounded by friends and family. Stevie Wonder, Jesse Jackson, and ex-husband Glynn Turman, among others, visited her on her deathbed. Franklin died at her home on August 16, 2018, aged 76. The cause was reported to be pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Numerous celebrities in the entertainment industry and politicians paid tribute to Franklin, including former U.S. president Barack Obama who said she “helped define the American experience”. Civil rights activist and minister Al Sharpton called her a “civil rights and humanitarian icon”.

A private funeral was arranged for August 31, following a two-day public viewing of Franklin’s casket at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. (by wikipedia)

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To honor this great woman … here´s a rare live broadcast recording from 1970, recorded live at the Jazzfestival Antibes/France.

Thanks to cosmikd for sharing the show at Dime.

Recorded live at the Festival de Jazz d’Antibes, Juan-les-Pins,
Antibes, France; July 21, 1970. Very good FM broadcast.

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Personnel:
Hindel Butts (drums)
Aretha Franklin (piano, vocals)
Leslie Harvey (guitar)
Melvin Jackson (bass)
Ted Sheely (piano)
Truman Thomas (organ)
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Donald Towns – John Wilson – Charles Horse – Clay Robinson

trombones:
Chancey Outcalt – René Pitts

saxophones:
Louis Barnett – Miller Brisker – Donald Walden – Charlie Gabriel

background vocals:
Evelyn Green, – Almeta Latimer – Wyline Ivy

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Tracklist:
01. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Jagger/Richards) 3.03
02. Respect (Redding) 3.15
03. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Goffin/King/Wexler) 4.18
04. I Say A Little Prayer (Bacharach/David) 4:31
05. Eleanor Rigby (Lennon/McCartney) 3.10
06. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone (Franklin/White) 4.54
07. Tighten Up Your Tie, Button Up Your Jacket (Make It For The Door) (Dawn) 1.53
08. Put On A Happy Face (Adams/Strouse) 2.26
09. A Brand New Me (Gamble/Bell/Butler) 3.04
10. Doctor Feelgood (Franklin/White) 4.36
11. You Send Me (Cooke) 5.23
12. Spirit In The Dark (Franklin) 11.41

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Aretha Franklin:
25th March 1942 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
16th August 2018 Detroit, Michigan, USA

REST IN PEACE !

Wilson Pickett – The Wicked Pickett (1966)

LPFrontCover1Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American singer and songwriter.

A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, many of which crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100. Among his best-known hits are “In the Midnight Hour” (which he co-wrote), “Land of 1,000 Dances”, “Mustang Sally”, and “Funky Broadway”.[2]

Pickett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, in recognition of his impact on songwriting and recording. (by wikipedia)

By late 1966 Wilson Pickett had seen plenty of success, having scored three #1 R&B hits. His next big release was a cover of “Mustang Sally”, by fellow singer Mack Rice (whom he had performed with in The Falcons). It was another hit, getting to #6 on the R&B charts and #23 on the pop charts.
His fourth LP was released on the back of the song’s success. It also featured covers of Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” (which was another Top 20 R&B hit), Gary U.S. Bonds’ “New Orleans”, Eddie Floyd’s “Knock On Wood”, Jerry Ragovoy’s “Time Is On My Side” and several Dan Penn songs. Like all his recordings of that year, it was recorded at Fame Studios in Alabama, and featured among other musicians guitarist Chips Moman, keyboard player Spooner Oldham and drummer Roger Hawkins. The result was another great album of raw and funky southern soul. stuckinthepast08.blogspot.com)

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A fabulous album, done when Pickett was in the midst of his best period at Atlantic. It had everything — great songs, wonderful production and arrangements, and a hungry, galvanizing Wilson Pickett hollering, screaming, shouting, and soaring on anything he covered, from ballads to uptempo dance and midtempo wailers. It also has been deleted at present. (by Ron Wynn)

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Personnel:
Ben Cauley (trumpet)
Charles Chalmers (saxophone)
Tommy Cogbill (bass, guitar)
Caple Gilbert (saxophone)
Roger Hawkins (drums)
Jimmy R. Johnson (guitar)
Eddie Logan (saxophone)
Junior Lowe (bass, guitar)
Gene Miller (trumpet)
Chips Moman (guitar)
Floyd Newman (saxophone)
Spooner Oldham (keyboards)
Wilson Pickett (vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Mustang Sally (Rice) 3.10
02. New Orleans (Guida) 2.34
03. Sunny (Hebb) 3.13
04. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Berns/Wexler/Burke) 2.19
05. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Hill) 2.36
06. She Ain’t Gonna Do Right (Penn/Oldham) 2.18
07. Knock On Wood (Floyd/Cropper) 2.42
08. Time Is On My Side (Jagger/Richards) 2.37
09. Up Tight Good Woman (Penn/Oldham) 2.33
10. You Left The Water Running (Penn/Hall/Franck) 2.31
11. Three Time Loser (Covay/Miller) 2.23
12. Nothing You Can Do (Womack) 2.13

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Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006)