Category: afro

Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, 1971, via Dr. Jo…

Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, 1971, via Dr. John’s Facebook page.

The Doctor guested on a couple of Aretha’s 1971 singles, notably playing percussion on “Rock Steady” (released in February; I wrote about that here), and playing keyboards on Aretha’s cover of “Spanish Harlem”, a July 1971 single that became the opening track of Aretha’s Greatest Hits, released that September. It

spent three weeks at #1 on the US soul charts and two weeks at #2 on the Pop chart on the way to selling over 1 million copies.

(btw, the b-side referenced here, “Lean On Me”, isn’t a cover of the song that Bill Withers hadn’t written yet, of course, but rather the 1970 Vivian Reed original, a fantastic track, one of Aretha’s most powerful performances – but no Dr. John means that I’ll save it for another day.)

Aretha Franklin on Top of the Pops, July 30, 1…

Aretha Franklin on Top of the Pops, July 30, 1970, by Ron Howard

Jimi Hendrix, by Linda McCartney

Jimi Hendrix, by Linda McCartney

Got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Got to get ourselves back to the garden.

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Aretha, backstage at Fillmore West, February 1…

Aretha, backstage at Fillmore West, February 1971, by Jim Marshall

Stevie Wonder, Johnny Winter, and Dr. John per…

Stevie Wonder, Johnny Winter, and Dr. John performing at the opening of NYC’s Bottom Line, February 12, 1974, via Dr. John’s official Facebook

Aretha Franklin, 1973, by Anthony Barboza

Aretha Franklin, 1973, by Anthony Barboza

Billy Preston,  London 1973, by Michael Putlan…

Billy Preston,  London 1973, by Michael Putland

Jimi Hendrix at TTG Studios in N. Hollywood, O…

Jimi Hendrix at TTG Studios in N. Hollywood, October 21, 1968, by Chuck Boyd, via rollingstone