Monday, April 22, 2024

Happy Birthday Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Still Reigning


It’s Aretha Franklin’s birthday. She’s got a party in New York tonight, and then two dates in the tri-state area. She is still the Queen of Soul, with a catalog that shows her immense range and diversity as the greatest singer of our time. No one comes close to matching Franklin’s tone and delivery although there some amazing singers out there. No one working today will ever match what Franklin’s done in part because they simply don’t have the songs, the hits, the arrangements. There’s no “Respect” for Beyonce, or any of the others. How many of Aretha’s records just make you want to start dancing in your car, in your seat, down an aisle in the grocery store? Here are just a few gifts she’s given to us:

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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