Aretha sits down at the piano and gets a new set of lyrics to take on Dinah Washington’s “Evil Gal Blues”
Today, it’s a little-known b-side. But “Operation Heartbreak” was one of Aretha’s most successful songs at Columbia Records.
Aretha gives two very distinct readings of this Al Jolsen song, made a hit by Bing Crosby.
Aretha takes on a Nancy Wilson hit, and for once largely leaves the arrangement as is.
One of an album’s worth of material recorded in 1963 that wasn’t first released until 2002.
Aretha grooves by the fire in this 1964 take on the Christmas classic.
One of Aretha’s early holiday cuts overflows with emotion.
The title cut to Aretha Franklin’s fourth album at Columbia Records, Laughing On The Outside, is another cover. Shocking, right? Aretha? A cover? As I’ve
Subtle, yet powerful, Aretha describes the love of a mother.
The quantity of songwriting Aretha Franklin’s first husband did is debatable, but he did compose this song, recorded in 1964 & released in 1967.
Aretha takes on Al Jolson’s classic “I’m Sitting On Top Of The World” on her third album, 1962’s The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha
Leave it to Aretha to not only rearrange “Unforgettable”, but also end it with a rousing vocal show-out.
As Aretha Franklin’s days at Columbia Records wound down, the label continued to try new tricks to turn her floundering career around. In 1965, they
Jazz, blues, and big band come together on this 1962 cut, with a killer vocal closing.
“Swanee” was legendary composer George Gershwin’s first big hit. With the music composed by Gershwin and lyrics written by Irving Casear, the song was born
Aretha demonstrates power and restraint on this Broadway cut.
in 1964, Aretha eyed the hits in hopes of having her own.