Sunday, 29 December 2013

Significant Events in the music industry ( Part 2 )

                              Some  Key Facts about The Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin’s second gold album
of her career featuring
the gold single “Chain of Fools”
In the same year she returned to the top with another new studio album entitled “Aretha Arrives” released on 4th August 1967 by Atlantic Records. The album also   peaked at the number-one position 9th September 1967 (5 weeks). “Baby I Love You” was the only gold single to be released from the album.

During 1967 alone she had a total of four gold singles from three studio albums on Atlantic

Franklin's third gold album of her career
Records, with all the singles going to number-one on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Singles Chart in North America. These gold singles were : “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You”, “Respect”, "Baby I Love You" and “Chain of Fools.From February to August of 1967, she sold in excess of 3.5 million copies singles and albums.

On the Billboard Hot Soul Albums Chart from 1967 to 1969, Franklin had five number-one studio albums with three of them receiving gold certification for over half a million units sold for each album according to RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). 

Her five first studio albums released by Atlantic Records featured members of the Muscles Shoal Rhythm Section, King Curtis and Sweet Inspirations. The Album “Lady Soul” featured Eric Clapton playing guitar on track “Good to Me As I Am to You”. Her 1968 album “Aretha Now” featured the Memphis Horns Section who played on many classic hit recordings on Stax Records and Hi Records in Memphis.

All her albums from 1967 to 1969 were recorded at Atlantic Records recording studios in New York city with a Southern Soul sound because many of studio session musicians were from the South that gave her recordings a raw and refine Soulful signature sound.

All five of Franklin's studio albums spent a total of 59 weeks at number-one on the Billboard Hot Soul Albums Chart from 1967 to 1969. During her career as a recording artist she has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having generated over 75 million copies of singles and album globally. Franklin was also the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, 20 years after her first gold album on Atlantic Records. 

                                      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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