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Dat girl can sang!

It’s thru gospel music Aretha Franklin would develop as a singer. The turning point in Franklin’s career was when she left the commercial pop productions of Columbia Records to sign with Ahmet Eregon’s Atlantic Records where she was recognized and encouraged to sing gospel and blues. The more suitible home seemed promising and indeed it was. In this clip Aretha is asked to sing gospel for Rev. James Cleavland’s church in LA and boy did she bring the house down. Immense cheers of signification, call and response– often associated with the Gospel church–are strikingly audible in this video as Franklin superexceeds expectation. By the time Aretha finished I was nearly in tears at its enormous sense of passion and overwhelming emotion. There’s quality here that few of us will be fortunate enough to ever witness live. Just watch.

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