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Aretha: Big Year for a Big GalRecently released is Aretha Franklin's new album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics. No surprise the diva would sing within her own genre, but make no mistake, these are other diva's songs. Well, she throws in at least one of her own.
Aretha lends her inimitable buttery-rich gusty voice to remakes like:
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
At Last - Etta James
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Survivor - Destiny's Child
No One - Alicia Keys
You Keep Me Hanging' On - Supremes
I'm Every Woman -- Chaka Khan (which turns into a medley with "Respect")
People - Barbra Streisand
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
While "People" is clearly stretching it (and a bit much for Aretha to handle), "Nothing Compares 2 U" was a complete mistake. The New York Times agreed. You'll want to listen for yourself and see what you think of Aretha's redos.
The description of Aretha's life story sounds like the beginning of a juicy novel: Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice.
But make no mistake, it's not fiction.
A recent New York Times story tells the fascinating tale of how David Ritz, author of an earlier Aretha biography, re-tooled the material with total honesty and new information to make the new-and-improved saucy biography of Aretha released in October, Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin (Little Brown Co., $30, 520 pages).
In July, Aretha was kicked out of a Johnny Rockets in Lewiston, NY. She had gone for a take-out burger with her nephew then decided to eat in the restaurant. As she sat in the nearest booth, a waiter--obviously not recognizing the legend--crabbed at her for not checking with the hostess.
The full story: Aretha's Hamburger Squabble
A humor publication that makes fake news cooked up a good one--but it may end up costing them as much as $10 million. Here's their "story":
On March 20, the fracas was a diva fight: Patti LaBelle vs. Aretha. The two were in Atlanta for a concert. LaBelle, still simmering from an earlier White House gathering when she attempted to greet Aretha and was ignored by Aretha, approached Aretha after the concert to make amends. Again Aretha snubbed her. Fed up, LaBelle yanked off her earrings and wig, signifying the start of an alley-type fight.
LaBelle swung and popped Aretha, onlookers subdued her, then was arrested for battery. Labelle was later released when she posted $10,000 bail. The original story from the NewsNerd.com: Aretha vs. LaBelle.
Aretha was not amused, filing a whopping lawsuit at TheNewsNerd.com over the story. Of course, she will lose--since parody has a long history of being defended in court under the First Amendment--so you would think the "News Nerd" parody sight would lay off Aretha.
Not so! In May they cooked up a doozie about Aretha tripping over her left breast and filing a lawsuit over the bra-maker. A Photoshopped picture also made the rounds of the internet--people really believed Aretha was that big!
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Back to the old daysRemember the early 1960s...when Coke was just a soft drink...when the only nudity you saw was a Barbie doll, between outfits...when the biggest worry was who Johnny would invite to the prom?
Girl-groups.com takes you back to those days, to the fab era of early 1960s girl groups. Most people can remember the Supremes,the Ronettes, and the Shangri-las. But there were actually hundreds of artists, both groups and solo singers, who were part of the girl-group era from 1960-1966.
Who were these singers? Who made the sound? Why was it so famous, and suddenly gone? Here you'll find an interesting history of the girl groups.
Do you remember a kooky song title? Check out our songs list.
Wanna know cool trivia or when your favorite song hit number one? You'll find it: Fun Page.
The girl-group sound is still popular, especially with the advent of CDs. You can find famous artists and one-hit wonders on girl-group CDs and in books about the era.
What's happening these days with some of these stars? The gals still look great!
Remember those beach-party movies? Not only did Annette Funicello appear, but so did the Supremes, Toys, & Lesley Gore!
Review Pages!Reviews of CDs, DVDs and books from the girl-groups era have been added and all reviews appear in alphabetical order by artist.
Groups and singers include all your favorites and hundreds more you didn't know about! Take a moment to look because that obscure song you can't remember or group you don't expect to find on CD will be there! Check it out:
As requested, we have now categorized the Reviews -- groups, soloists, compilations and more.
You Want It, You Got It!By popular request, we have added a Q & A page. Read new info and see new pix here!
Q and A about the girl groups. You can email your questions, too!
In this installment, we answer your questions about what defines "the girl-group era," who is the most enduring group and songwriter, with details about characters like Phil Spector and groups like Ruby & the Romantics ("Our Day Will Come"), the Ad-Libs ("Boy From New York City"), the Orlons ("Don't Hang Up"), and the Essex ("Easier Said Than Done").
Now you can re-live the Sixties!This hilarious list will give you all the components you need to go back to the Sixties. Especially nice is the first item on the list, a Frankie and Annette CD!
Sixties, come back to me!
Girl Group Gems: Red Bird Entertainment
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A Free Listen to Top Girl-Group Hits!Here's a site that lists the "Top 100" girl-group hits, ranked by "level of impact" by the website. Purists please note that it includes 1950s girl-group songs:
100 Greatest Girl Group Hits
Clairette Clementino!Known as the "little girl with the big voice," this California native had nine singles over four years. Here's all about her fascinating recording career that started as age 12 and revealed a strong, clear voice perfectly befitting of the girl-group sound! This special feature was written by Ken Friedman. Read all about it: The Little Girl with the Big Voice.
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