The Greatest Singer Of All Time!

Aretha Franklin must have been considered as the one that got away by Berry Gordy who did try to sign her to his record label, Motown.

Born in Detroit and with a gospel singing father that managed her from an early age, Motown seemed like the natural choice.

However, Aretha’s father rejected Berry in 1960 as he didn’t believe the label was big enough for his daughter. Instead, he signed her to Columbia in 1961.

Aretha stayed with Columbia for five years without achieving any major success. By now, Motown was huge and some regret may have been in her father’s mind. Nevertheless, late 1966 Aretha signed for Atlantic records.

Just a few months later the following year, she went to a studio in Alabama that also had developed a house band, just like Motown had.

Set in Alabama, the house band strangely wasn’t made up of an all-black cast like Motown’s Funk Brothers were, instead, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section was all white.

After spending only one day in the studio, after a hefty argument, the session was over before it seemingly had begun.

Aretha’s husband thought she sang about another man and beat her up so badly he knocked her teeth out. What you hear on the released recording is actually only the guide vocal as she, without teeth couldn’t sing anymore.

Nevertheless, the song they recorded on this day was quickly released. It was I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You).

Even though it was just a guide vocal, it became her first top ten hit and would serve as the starting point for Aretha’s incredible worldwide success.

Following her first hit, Aretha released Respect, Chain Of Fools, Think, I Say A Little Prayer, and Rock Steady.

It’s probably impossible to find a female soul singer that doesn’t hold Aretha in the highest possible regard. Her influence is so important to the genre she personifies it.

In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked her as #1 on their list of 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time.


A Change Is Gonna Come – Chords & Guitar Lessons

The intro to A Change Is Gonna Come is a guitar version of the string arrangement from the original recording.

Think of this song as if in the key of G. By applying a capo on fret 2 you’ll be in the key of A.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come – Chords & Guitar Lessons.


A Change Is Gonna Come – Lyrics

I was born by the river in a little tent,
and just like that river I’ve been running ever since.
It’s been a long time coming,
but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come – Lyrics.


Respect – Chords & Guitar Lessons

Respect is the most famous soul song ever recorded. Breaking up the standard blues chord progression we play G7 – F7 for the verse and C7 – F7 as a chorus.

The biggest showpiece of the song is the sax solo, let’s learn how to play it note for note on the guitar.

Go to Respect – Chords & Guitar Lessons.


Respect – Lyrics

(Oh) What you want,
(Oh) Baby, I got it.
(Oh) What you need,
(Oh) Do you know I got it?

Go to Respect – Lyrics.

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