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The Queen of Soul abdicates her throne...

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Looks like Aretha is planning a nice quiet cosy retirement...

Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul is retiring to spend time with her family
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38920434

Can't see anyone claiming her throne as the Queen of Soul, not from the current crop of singers...

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Wow!

Totally agree Trevor; there's no one around in her class!

I think it was Jerry Wexler, one of her producers, who said of Aretha:

"She's all alone in her greatness"

Hope she enjoys her retirement; she's earned it!

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Absolutely. Great basslines too on much of her stuff from Chuck Rainey.
No one to touch Aretha in my opinion.

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Leaps and bounds above the next best - whoever that might be

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It don't get any better than Aretha.
So many top, top tunes from her.
Her phrasing was just so Rhythmical.
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtBbyglq37E[/media]

To think she was still singing great at 72!!...Amazing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cF0tf35Mbo

Slightly OT, but Al Jarreau has also just called it a day (because of ill health).

Edited by lowdown

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This seemed appropriate too, just for one particular line... Young people today, eh?

http://youtu.be/5J7IrPVLc4U

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Here's to a long and happy retirement to one of the all time greats.

Edited by Mykesbass

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I remember seeing this at the time by complete chance, fair play she had some guns.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmXkEhs00lo

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[quote name='scalpy' timestamp='1486797610' post='3234576']
I remember seeing this at the time by complete chance, fair play she had some guns.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmXkEhs00lo
[/quote]

Gobsmacked. That's some "understudy"!

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[quote name='TrevorR' timestamp='1486767112' post='3234517']
This seemed appropriate too, just for one particular line... Young people today, eh?

[/quote]

When I pick up my 15-year old from Air Cadets twice a week I put the music in the car on 'random'. Last night 'Hey Nineteen' came on and the boy was heard to remark, 'good tune'. A step in the right direction.

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Les not forget she was playing piano in a lot of this recording. Just an awesome musical woman. And just like Prince she had a huge vocal range. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdkt2boXRgo[/media]

Edited by bubinga5

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I remember seeing an interview with Jerry Wexler about recording Aretha. Said he couldn't get her
vocal only performance nailed until he realised she needed to be playing piano at the same time for
the magic to truly happen.

Edited by casapete

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[quote name='bubinga5' timestamp='1486896897' post='3235278']
an absolute soul classic now imo..the racist Lauryn Hill accompanying
[/quote]

OT but the Lauren Hill racism thing is a bit of an urban myth.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/laurynhill.asp

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[quote name='Cato' timestamp='1486913257' post='3235449']


OT but the Lauren Hill racism thing is a bit of an urban myth.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/laurynhill.asp
[/quote]She did actually say anti white comments in a music magazine in the late 90,s. Doesn't matter.

Edited by bubinga5

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[quote name='bubinga5' timestamp='1486914649' post='3235469']
She did actually say anti white comments in a music magazine in the late 90,s. Doesn't matter.
[/quote]

No probs

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