Aretha Franklin

Pencil Portrait by Antonio Bosano.

Aretha Franklin Pencil Portrait
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Throughout her contractual period with Arista Records (1980 – 2003), Aretha Franklin’s voice was gradually losing power, as her producers focused on chasing ever changing styles.

She had experienced a similar period early in her career, during her affiliation with CBS records between 1960 and 1965. Out of step with the prevailing trends of the day, there was nevertheless much promise and skill on display in her earliest recordings.

If Aretha and CBS truly believed that these new directions were passing fads, and that the styles of Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan would eventually prevail, then they would be rudely awakened by the British invasion. Yet devoid of their over-elaborate orchestrations, there was considerable potential in many of the songs she would commit to tape.

Thankfully, Jerry Wexler at New York’s Atlantic label could see the benefit of stripped down arrangements, and a style that would make her CBS catalogue obsolete. During the 1967-72 classic period, Franklin would redraw the black music landscape and become the Queen Of Soul. At least six of her albums from this period are undisputed classics.


Aretha Franklin