August 2, 1962: Aretha Franklin makes her tv debut on American Bandstand singing Try a Little Tenderness and Don’t Cry Baby.
What can I say? Hands down the greatest singer ever! Queen of Soul. I have worn out every Aretha song possible. Let’s start with that 10 minute version of Amazing Grace. That’s a master class for any singer wanting to understand soul, tone, riffing, honesty and pure talent. There isn’t a gig I do that I don’t play an Aretha tune. Chain of Fools is one of my favorites.
In Beehive we had Dueling Arethas – Pattie Darcy sang Natural Woman and Cookie Watkins sang Do Right Woman. Claudia did the arrangement. It was probably the biggest moment in our show. Standing ovations every night. Check out a video of it here.
Try a Little Tenderness, another great song, is a big moment in the Stingers Band set list, especially when C.E. Smith sings it. The girls go crazy for this one.