Aretha Franklin: Precious Lord, Take My Hand/You've Got A Friend
Aretha's started, like many, singing in the church and she never abandoned her gospel roots. In 1972 she released her unbelievable double album Amazing Grace. Recorded with James Cleveland the Southern California Community Choir it made the Top Ten, making it one of the greatest gospel-pop crossover records of all time. Here's Aretha's reworking of Carole King's You've Got A Friend. Take us to church!
Aretha Franklin: Maybe I'm a Fool
Aretha can absolutely sing the blues and thanks for asking. Recorded as one of her first singles in 1960, this song was released on the 1973 collection The Great Aretha Franklin: The First 12 Sides. Pretty powerful stuff from an 18 year old.
Aretha Franklin: Love The One You're With
Aretha also found success putting her own soulful twist on pop hits of the day. Here she covers Stephen Stills' Love The One You're With taken from her incredible 1971 set Live At Fillmore West. I could have posted any song on this album. Go buy it right now!