Senryu : Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin
soul, blues, pop, and opera
with respect, bows head

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Her first R&B #1 hit and her first top 10 hit on the Billboard pop charts : I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Respect was on the same album and as you know became an iconic hit.

When Luciano Pavarotti could not make the Grammys in 1998, she stepped in for him and sang Nessum Dorma.

From her last album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, 2014.  There is a later album but they used vintage recordings of her voice.  Rolling In the Deep (The Aretha Version):


I found out Aretha passed when I was at Little Anthony’s Diner a couple days ago.  They usually play a variety of 50’s music but they were playing only her songs from back in the day.  There were so many that I had never heard before.  I had forgotten how fabulous she was.  I remembered buying her singles and listening to them back during my teens and twenties. Then I overheard someone in the next booth say she had passed that day, the 16th.

In Memoriam. With respect to an amazing diva who’s talent spanned decades. To Aretha Franklin.
a fan.



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Books from Amazon:

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece

Aretha: From These Roots by Aretha Franklin and David Ritz With refreshing candor, Aretha tells it like it is, the way she sees it, the way she lived it. (book blurb)

ESSENCE Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
Looks cool. Too bad it’s out of print

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