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Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was a Memphis, Tennessee born and Detroit, Michigan reared American iconic gospel, soul, and R&B singer, songwriter and pianist. Many have called her "The Queen Of Soul" and "Lady Soul".
She is renowned for her soul and R&B recordings (on many, of which, she accompanied herself on keyboards and piano, a skill she learned at an early age, learning to play by ear, according to lifetime friend Smokey Robinson) but was also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, and gospel. Read more on Last.fm
Aretha Franklin was just awarded a Pulitzer Prize (Special Citation). She is the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. Aretha is still opening doors for women in her death. Since 1944 (75 years to date), only 13 people have received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation (so this is not presented annually). Other recipients of the Special Citation includes Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, John Coltrane, Ray Bradbury, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, William Schuman, Milton Babbitt, Scott Joplin, Roger Sessions, Richard Rodgers, and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Apr 11, 2019
GREAT NEWS: "Amazing Grace" expands to 15 cities tomorrow, April 12th before its wide release on April 19th.
Tomorrow, April 5th, “Amazing Grace” opens in New York City and Los Angeles. Check out the entrance of the Angelika Film Center in New York City. Other locations in NYC includes Regal (E-Walk 13), AMC (Lincoln Square 13), and Cinemas (1, 2, and 3). In Los Angeles, the locations are AMC (Burbank 16), Pacific ArcLight Hollywood), Cinmrk (Baldwin Hills 15), and The Landmark 12 (West Los Angeles). “Amazing Grace” opens wide on April 19th (Easter Weekend).
AMAZING GRACE: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS is now available on vinyl for the first time ever! The set includes four, 180-gram LPs that contain both of her transcendent performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, which were recorded in Los Angeles on January 13 and 14, 1972. Also available as a 2CD set and digitally, get your copy today: https://rhino.lnk.to/AmazingGrace
AMAZING GRACE was Aretha Franklin’s biggest-selling album and the best-selling live gospel album of all time. AMAZING GRACE: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS will be available on March 22, just three days before Franklin’s birthday. On vinyl for the first time, the beautiful set includes four, 180-gram LPs that contain both of her transcendent performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, which were recorded in Los Angeles on January 13 and 14, 1972. Also available as a 2CD set and digitally, pre-order your copy here: https://rhino.lnk.to/AmazingGrace
“All Hail the Queen,” says Tracey J. Jordan, Aretha’s former publicist and longtime friend. “Earlier this week, legendary music man, Clive Davis hosted a star-studded two-hour screening of ‘ARETHA! A GRAMMY Celebration for the Queen of Soul.’ The screening was held in an 80th-floor penthouse at New York City’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel with sweeping views of Manhattan and Central Park. Aretha would have skipped the occasion as she would have never ventured above the seventh floor of any building. But the Queen of Soul was there in spirit. Kudos to Ken Ehrlich, Clive Davis, CBS, and their teams who pulled out all the stops on this special; each performance is total perfection! Following the screening, we were treated to a four-course scrumptious dinner fit for a Queen! The tables were beautifully set and the flowers were stunning. There were 80 guests including Gayle King, Denise Rich, Katie Couric, Valerie Simpson, Bevy Smith, Roger Friedman, Sway, and a host of others. It was fabulous and somewhere in music heaven, the Queen was singing ‘All right Chieftain (her nickname for Clive,) this is on the 1!’” Tune in to ARETHA! A GRAMMY Celebration tomorrow, Sunday, March 10th at 9:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. CT on CBS.