Category: aretha franklin

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, my edit of original by Hank Parker via cbsnews

Joey Ramone, “Punk Haircuts Any Style, $2.75.” (With Aretha Franklin on the cover of Long Island Pulse magazine!)

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

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

Aretha Franklin, 1960

Aretha Franklin, 1970, via billboard

Aretha Franklin, 1973, by Anthony Barboza

Joey Ramone, “Punk Haircuts Any Style, $2.75.” (With Aretha Franklin on the cover of Long Island Pulse magazine!)

Aretha Franklin, the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, via rockhall.org