Sunday, 29 December 2013

Significant Events in the music industry ( Part 1)


                              Same Key Facts about The Queen of Soul

Did you know that Aretha Franklin is the only female black recording artist to have achieved more than one number-one studio recording albums in succession on the Billboard Hot Soul Albums Chart from 1967 to 1969, while signed to the legendary Atlantic Records based in New York City.

It started with her first studio album produced by the legendary Jerry Wexler, released 10th March1967 which achieved the number-one position on the Billboard Hot Soul Albums Chart on 29th April 1967 for 14 non-successive weeks (as it was known during the 1960s and the 1970s before it was later finally changed to Billboard Hip-hop /R&aB and Soul Albums Chart).

Franklin's first  album of 

career to be certified gold
“I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You” was the first album for Aretha Franklin to become gold certified for over half million copies sold in America in 1967. 

It helped to established Aretha as a global superThe album also contained her signature song, “Respect”, which actually topped the Billboard Hot 100  Singles Chart on 3rd June 1967 (2 weeks), selling over one million copies in the process. The single also peaked at the number-one position for eight weeks on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Singles Chart from week-ending 20th May 1967 to 15th July 1967.

The title track: “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You”, achieved gold status for over million plus copies sold and also achieved number-one on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Singles Chart for the week ending the 25th March 1967 and remained there for seven weeks. The song was the first gold record by a female artist that presented the Muscle Shoal Sound produced at the famous FAME Recording Studios which brought more fame to that particular musical workshop.

With the major success of the album, Franklin went on to receive two Grammy Awards in 1968 in two categories: Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording for “Respect” and a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Respect”.

                                      Researched and compiled by               
                                      Mr K Tomlin Music Historian                   
                                     ©RCM Music/Signaturesoundsonline2013 

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Kevin Tomlin has over 34 years of teaching experience in Jamaica, England and America, including 15 years teaching music history of black origin and visual art in South Florida, U.S.A., through Arts in Education. Tomlin created special training programmes and workshops for music teachers in South Florida schools, using music history as the foundation, to build exciting programmes of study and support materials for education professionals. Since 2000, he’s taught music history, geography, religious education, history, visual arts and performing arts at schools in Hertfordshire and Essex, at both primary and secondary levels. He conducts research and provides consultancy services for multi-media organisations, schools, recording artists, cultural and faith-based groups and entertainment professionals.

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