And second, imagine my surprise when I read the program before the show and learned that she released 10 whole albums…. TEN… before she had a single hit song.
Aretha toured the gospel circuit as a teenager then was signed by Columbia and recorded steadily from 1960 to 1966 “showcased in a variety of settings … while mainstream acceptance eluded her.” (Her father was her manager for these years, btw.)
I almost fell off my chair when I read that. How on earth could mainstream acceptance elude that Voice??? 😯
During her Columbia years, they appreciated her talent, apparently, but didn’t quite know how to market her. (Is any of this sounding familiar? 🙂 )
In 1967, at the urging of her new manager, her husband, she signed with R&B label Atlantic, recorded her 11th LP, featuring Otis Redding’s “Respect,” and the rest, as they say, is history.
I’m mentioning this for all the people, including myself, who’ve experienced any moments of impatience that David assemble the perfect team, sign with the perfect label, find the perfect producer, record the perfect song … NOW… when he’s barely out of his teens.
Aretha undoubtedly worked hard during those early years of recording and performing, honing her craft, learning the business, and I’m sure, enjoying every single second she was able to make a living doing what she loved to do. And I bet her fans during those early years loved having her all to themselves. 🙂
Am I crazy comparing David with Aretha? Heck, no. As I sat in the nosebleed seats of that beautiful hall, listening to that iconic Voice fill every soul there up to the rafters, of course I thought of David, who has the power to do the same… and has done.
My videos suck from last night, sadly, so instead I leave you with this… be prepared for serious chills… her live Amazing Grace recorded in a Baptist church with her preacher dad in attendance, who remarked: “”she has never left the church!”
p.s. adding this appropriate drawing tweeted to me by the lovely @Archugeezer 🙂