We were on the Left Coast when I heard Sister Aretha had moved on to The Great Gig In The Sky.
I’d always followed her career, was psyched to see her whenever I did. I knew she was the greatest. Although at one time I will admit I thought either Linda Ronstadt or Whitney Houston were better pure singers. The apple doesn’t fall from the tree – Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston sung backup for Aretha.
It’s hard to imagine someone coming along now, who could even carry her purse. Scanning the list of female stars, with the exception of Lady Gaga, I can’t see anyone. But I’m hopeful. Because music doesn’t end, it just changes. Got to get to a Gaga concert.
Here’s the obituary Rolling Stone wrote for the Queen:
I love all her music. I have all her records that Jerry Wexler produced. Here they are:
* I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
* Aretha Arrives (1967)
* Lady Soul (1968)
* Aretha Now (1968)
* Soul ’69 (1969)
* This Girl’s in Love with You (1970)
* Spirit in the Dark (1970)
* Young, Gifted and Black (1972)
* Amazing Grace (1972)
I also have Who’s Zooming Who (1985) and a Rose Is Still A Rose (1998)
Take an hour or two and read about Aretha. She was and always will be, super important to music.
Here’s a couple songs: