I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece by Matt DobkinThe album that earned soul legend Aretha Franklin her first major hits, I Never Loved A Man the Way I Loved You was a pop and soul music milestone. Apart from its status as a hit record, the album also had a much wider cultural impact. By early 1967, when the album was released, the Civil Rights movement was well underway; Arethas music gave it its theme song. And the single Respect became a passionate call to arms for the burgeoning feminist movement.
Dobkin has unearthed a wonderful story of the creation of an album that goes far beyond anything thats been written about The Queen of Soul before. With scores of fresh interviews--including ones with the session musicians from Muscle Shoals who recorded with Aretha--I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You is the story of a great artistic achievement. Its also a biography of a star who is both more complex and determined than her modern image as a diva indicates.
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Wexler was the Atlantic Records producer who, in , helped raise the singer to her sudden and incomparable soul heights. Her depressions could be as deep as the dark sea. Those doleful eyes were sometimes mistaken for shyness. Kind of kawunka-kawunka-kawung! Like a bell ringing. Franklin would later have little to say about the events.
Tell me what you want, reader. Tell me what moves you. Play her forever at weddings, play her forever at funerals, or when the lights go out and you feel around in the dark for the warmth of the person you want to be with forever. There is no sound like the sound of a gifted young singer figuring out every corner of what their voice can do. There was a freedom in the early moments.
Reports that soul singer Aretha Franklin was gravely ill this week inspired an outpouring of affection and appreciation throughout the music world for the beloved Queen of Soul. She died at her Detroit home on Thursday. Sheryl Crow gave voice to the consensus opinion about the unmatched vocalist, when she called Franklin "the most soulful angelic voice that ever was.
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Her father was a Baptist minister and gospel singer while her mother was a gospel singer as well. She was a strong woman who always demanded respect and used her Everyday Power to reach the top of her game. Her music is empowering and we can all draw inspiration from her words of wisdom. In that respect, below are some powerful Aretha Franklin quotes to inspire you to live your best life. I sing to the realists.