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Roots & Influences - The World of Aretha Franklin

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Sam Cooke  A Change Is Gonna Come   buy on itunes
Clara Ward  When We All Get to Heaven   buy on itunes
James Cleveland  Lord Do It for Me   buy on itunes
Mahalia Jackson  Amazing Grace   buy on itunes
Staple Singers  Uncloudy Day   buy on itunes
Ray Charles  Night Time Is the Right Time   buy on itunes
Bessie Smith  Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out   buy on itunes
Billie Holiday  God Bless the Child   buy on itunes
Dinah Washington  What a Difference a Day Made   buy on itunes
Sarah Vaughan  They Can't Take That Away from Me   buy on itunes
Albertina Walker  Till You Come   buy on itunes
Ruth Brown  Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean   buy on itunes
Big Maybelle  Candy   buy on itunes
Wynona Carr  Please Mr. Jailer   buy on itunes
Reverend C.L. Franklin  Your Mother Loves Her Children   buy on itunes


Aretha’s dad was the perfect teacher — a singing preacher who schooled his daughter in the blessed trinity of black music: gospel, blues, jazz. Aretha mastered all three. And it starts with the soaring spectacle of a hallelujah sunrise service: If you ever wondered why gospel superstar Clara Ward was such an influence on the young Aretha, simply listen to her “When We All Get to Heaven” and [i]watch[/i] her throw off her hat, rip off her wig, and raise the roof. Sam Cooke and Ray Charles were the first artists to flip the script, scorching the pop charts with their gospel fire. Sam’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” is a clouds-parting moment as he leads us — and an awestruck Aretha — into his brave new world of secular soul. And Ray’s “(Night Time Is) The Right Time” takes that world and tears it wide open, bringing all the passion of Sunday morning to the best part of Saturday night. But there’s more — much more — to hear from the artists who shepherded Aretha from the choir loft to center stage.
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