August 16th, 2018, was a sad day for the music world. That’s when Aretha Franklin transitioned to that Soul Group in the sky, and we haven’t been the same since. The outpouring of grief at her passing, was un-surprisingly stunning and well deserved. KCSM is taking this day to honor her memory.
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is best known for her hits like Respect, Chain of Fools, Spanish Harlem and Freeway of Love. Aretha started out singing gospel as a child at her dad’s church. See started her secular career at Columbia records singing jazz standards. Listening to those early recording at Columbia are a great surprise. Aretha’s commercial success really took off when she move to Atlantic records. She would eventually record 88 charted hit singles. There is no other singer like Aretha.
Join Chuy, Harry, Pete, Dick and Mel, as we show OUR Respect for the Queen of Soul, on Friday, February 15th from 2PM to Midnight, and Saturday, February 16th, from 2 to 6PM, right here, on KCSM, The Bay Area’s Jazz Station.