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Old 08-14-18, 09:08 AM
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Aretha Franklin

Not looking good for arguably the best female singer of the 20th Century: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/13/enter...ill/index.html

Ms. Franklin was also one heck of a piano player too and always performed her own parts in live shows. Truly a once in a generational talent.

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Time gets us all. I'm glad I got see her perform live, maybe 20 years ago.
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I would have to say behind Lady Gaga, Aretha is right up there . I would say her and PINK are very comparable ,soulful . I would also put Amy Winehouse ahead of Reetha
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I saw Aretha live when I drunkenly stumbled into one of the Carter inauguration balls in 1977. I said to the person next to me that that singer is doing a great Aretha impression. He repled, "That is the real Aretha."
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Old 08-14-18, 01:29 PM
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Bringing down the house at the Kennedy Center in 2015, while honoring Carole King. Start at :43.

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My God can that woman sing. Just an awesome performer.
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Old 08-15-18, 06:54 AM
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I would have to say behind Lady Gaga, Aretha is right up there . I would say her and PINK are very comparable ,soulful . I would also put Amy Winehouse ahead of Reetha
You've got to be kidding. Lady Gaga and Pink? Aretha Franklin has a powerful and soulful voice. Julie Andrews had a better voice from a technical and range standpoint but was missing the shear power and soul of Aretha. Carol King probably had a greater impact on 20th century popular music due to her writing of so many hit records but certainly not as a performer. Ella Fitzgerald is certainly up there with Aretha. So is Billie Holiday. Some of the forties "girl singers" were also good like Rosemarie Clooney and Doris Day, but they lacked the power and range. Whitney Houston also had the chops, still powerful but was a bit more delicate and subtle.

Aretha is the full package however and will be long remembered by people who know more about culture than what has happened in the last ten years.

Her turn in Blues Brothers (1980) was pure joy:


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I would also put Natalie Merchant ahead of Reetha. Why? Because Areetha only can sing soul and some blues .Natalie Merchant can do it all . So can Edie Brickell. More diverse voices ...Again Aretha is legend but not the greatest .
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Lover her in Blues Brothers.
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Her turn in Blues Brothers (1980) was pure joy:
The role I thought of the minute they made the news broadcast this AM.


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I would also put Natalie Merchant ahead of Reetha. Why? Because Areetha only can sing soul and some blues .Natalie Merchant can do it all . So can Edie Brickell. More diverse voices ...Again Aretha is legend but not the greatest .
Natalie and Edie? Yeah, nice little voices. Aretha, they are most certainly not!
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Old 08-15-18, 03:28 PM
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I would also put Natalie Merchant ahead of Reetha. Why? Because Areetha only can sing soul and some blues .Natalie Merchant can do it all . So can Edie Brickell. More diverse voices ...Again Aretha is legend but not the greatest .
Sorry but this is an idiotic statement. Aretha sang it all including her famous opera performance when pinch hitting for Pavorotti on 90 minutes notice during the 2008 Grammy's.


Also here is her take on the Band's Americana classic The Weight, (That is Duane Alman on slide guitar)


A little rock, Love the One Your With


She also did an unique takes on Elanor Rigby and Glen Campbell's Gentle on My Mind.
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Hey ,she was great . Do not misunderstand me . When she ballooned up though ,she lost a little bit . if she could have laid off the pork fat and mixed in more salads and what not , I believe she would be in better shape .
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She is the Greatest R&B female singer of all time...period...BAM!
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The first time I heard Amy Winehouse on the radio, I was amazed. Here comes the next great blues/jazz singer. I was even more amazed when I found out she was white. She would have been one of the greats if her tragically prophetic "I don't want to go to rehab" hadn't come to pass.

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The first time I heard Amy Winehouse on the radio, I was amazed. Here comes the next great blues singer. I was even more amazed when I found out she was white. She would have been one of the greats if her tragically prophetic "I don't want to go to rehab" hadn't come to pass.
Thereís a really good documentary on her on Netflix
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Rest in peace dear lady.
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Aretha Franklin

Passed away today at age 76. RIP

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Old 08-16-18, 09:29 AM
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RIP to an absolute legend
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Thank you for all your music,RIP.
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Old 08-16-18, 03:24 PM
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She is the Greatest R&B female singer of all time...period...BAM!

Have to agree wth you. Nobody could belt out R&B better than Aretha. RIP grand lady.
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Thank you so much for telling me about that. I just watched it. What a voice! What an incredible voice!! Between her father and boyfriend/husband, she never stood a chance. What moved me the most when she was in a club in London watching the Grammies from the US and Tony Bennet and Natalie Cole, her heroes, came out to out to announce the record of the year. She was awestruck just to see them together and when Tony Bennet announced that she had won the record of the year, her reaction really brought tears to my eyes. Such a waste. She just couldn't deal with the pressure that stardom brought.
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I watched that Amy doc the other day because I hadn’t seen it since it came out a few years ago. Really good and really makes you feel empathy, anger, etc at what happened to her
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I would have to say behind Lady Gaga, Aretha is right up there . I would say her and PINK are very comparable ,soulful . I would also put Amy Winehouse ahead of Reetha
Gaga can sing, but has nowhere near the range or power of Aretha. P!nk has 0 range and is a one trick pony
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Thank you so much for telling me about that. I just watched it. What a voice! What an incredible voice!! Between her father and boyfriend/husband, she never stood a chance. What moved me the most when she was in a club in London watching the Grammies from the US and Tony Bennet and Natalie Cole, her heroes, came out to out to announce the record of the year. She was awestruck just to see them together and when Tony Bennet announced that she had won the record of the year, her reaction really brought tears to my eyes. Such a waste. She just couldn't deal with the pressure that stardom brought.
So sad to see what substance abuse and depression can do to a person. She was insanely talented
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i watched that amy doc the other day because i hadnít seen it since it came out a few years ago. Really good and really makes you feel empathy, anger, etc at what happened to her
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