Posts Tagged ‘Aretha Franklin’

Saturday Matinee – Cyriak, Zappa, Traffic & Aretha Franklin

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Cyriak outdoes himself creepy-wise, with “Indigestion.” [Found here.]

Frank Zappa‘s final live performance (with backup by Pražský výběr) 1991, Prague, Czechoslovakia, shortly after the collapse of the USSR. Long intro, but worth the listen.

Traffic, 1971. We played their albums in college so often that if you held the vinyl to a light you could see through the grooves.

A great cultural icon passed on this week. She possessed one of the greatest voices in the business, singing and performing gospel, blues, R&B, jazz, soul and pop. Multiple generations grew up listening to her recordings, myself included.

What a natural. Only 22 years old in 1964, and she was already amazing. Respect indeed.
R.I.P. Aretha Franklin (1942-2018).

Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee -Slidin’ in Montreal, John Popper with Eric Clapton, The Blues Brothers, John Lee Hooker & Aretha Franklin

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Self explanatory slippery wreckage with an appropriate soundtrack. (Here’s another version with a Canuck/Reggae/Punk soundtrack.)

Is it too early for a Christmas jam? Nah.

Yeah, I didn’t recognize Eric Clapton, but you can’t miss John Popper, and I can’t keep the image of John Belushi out of my head while listening to him.

Sorry about that, but I’ll make up for it. Lookee here:

Mitica scena del film “The Blues Brothers” in cui Jake e Elwood entrano nel ghetto per andare a reclutare Matt Guitar Murphy e Blue Lou Marini. Eccezionali le performance di John Lee Hooker (è proprio lui che canta il suo stesso pezzo Boom Boom Boom) e di Aretha Franklyn, che interpreta la moglie di Matt.

Vi auguriamo un grande fine della settimana, la gente. Ci vediamo di nuovo qui domani per più divertente.

Saturday Matinee – Gene Pitney, The Reflections & Aretha Franklin

Saturday, 5 March 2016

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence. Great song and great movie.

That’s how teenagers danced to The Reflections in 1964. Meanwhile Aretha Franklin was crankin’ out this:

Have a great weekend, folks, and if you have a minute, tweet #FreeStacy. He’s a good guy who’s done nothing wrong.


Queen of Soul

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

© Art Kane, 1967, Aretha Franklin, “Halos”, Esquire Magazine

Wanting to highlight her strong Gospel roots, Art Kane tried waving the camera in a circular motion to try to make halo shapes from the light in Aretha’s eyes. This photo is also a rare, Art Kane crop, as virtually all his images are composed in full frame.

[Found here.]

Saturday Matinee – Billy Joel, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Booker T & The MGs

Saturday, 18 December 2010

All of Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits. Just like they were meant to be.

The Temptations’ 1970 hit “Ball of Confusion” has one of the best lines ever: “Vote For Me and I’ll Set You Free.” [via SADM].

According to Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles, the top artists of 1970 were Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. Let’s go with some Aretha:

Aretha Franklin is an American classic. Here she is backed up by King Curtis.

Here’s King Curtis & The Kingpins. The description attached to this vid from the Utoobage: “The only band that could make Booker T & The MG’s sweat.”

Proof that Booker T & the MGs didn’t sweat. With that, have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow.

Michelle O. Action (Go) Figure

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

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The latest gimmick to hit the market just in time for Halloween: The First Lady Action Figure. It is being heralded as the first toy in the likeness of Michelle Obama.  WRONG.

I like to boil things down to their essence, and the toy on the right gets my vote for Toy of the Year, especially with the photoshopoopage of the photo on the left. Those proportions just aren’t right, even for Barbie.

In context, the toy on the right is immediately recobanizeable as The First Lady in all her glory, just as Aretha Franklin and Barbara and George Bush were similarly memoribalised below:

Lego Aretha Franklin

Here at TR, our crack team of webminers previously posted Lego’s Contribution for the adulation of the devout:  a full landscape model of THE INAUGURATION.   It’s awesome.

But Michelle’s action figure is still not as awesome as this one.

Exclusive Photos of the Inauguration

Monday, 26 January 2009




[Images from here, via here.]

Saturday Matinee: Levi Stubbs 1936-2008

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Levi Stubbs & the Four Tops, on the American TV show Hullabaloo, singing “Just Walk Away.”

From the Wikipoodle:

“Levi Stubbs was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the famed Motown R&B group The Four Tops.”

From Billboard’s Top Pop Singles:

“R&B vocal group from Detroit formed in 1953 as the Four Aims.  Consisted of Levi Stubbs (lead singer), Renaldo ‘Obie’ Benson, Lawrence Payton, and Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir.  First recorded for Chess in 1956, then Red Top and Columbia, before signing with Motown in 1963.  Stubbs was the voice of Audrey II (the voracious vegetation) in the 1986 movie ‘The Little Shop of Horrors.'”

Besides being a cousin to Jackie Wilson(!) Stubbs was also the voice of Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors.” I never made that connection until today.

Aretha Franklin’s tribute to Levi Stubbs, after his stroke and during his fight with cancer. Hard to watch.

RIP, Mr. Stubbles.

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