Clips & Pix: Aretha Franklin/Rock Steady

While the memorial for Aretha Franklin is still going on in Detroit, it felt right to celebrate her with more great music. My previous post about the Queen of Soul is here. Apparently, the above clip of Rock Steady was captured in 1972 during a performance on the TV show Soul Train. I just love the funky groove of this tune!

Rock Steady was written by Franklin, who was mostly known for performing songs by other writers and making them her own. She first recorded the tune for her eighteenth studio album Young, Gifted And Black from January 1972. It was also released separately as the record’s third single in August 1971.

The single peaked at no. 9 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100. It climbed all the way to no. 2 on the Best Selling Souls Singles chart, now called the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Sources: Wikipedia, YouTube

3 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: Aretha Franklin/Rock Steady”

  1. I have a lot of issues with Rolling Stone magazine in the last say 30 years but a few years ago when they had an issue ranking greatest singers- they had Aretha at #1 and Ray Charles at #2. Hard to argue with that.

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    1. I totally agree – both wonderful vocalists with very distinct voices!

      As for Rolling Stone, I like them when they agree with me! 🙂 Frankly, I’m not much into rock magazines and currently don’t subscribe to one.

      I also have very mixed feelings about music critics. To start with, whether you like specific music or not is highly subjective. Moreover, when it comes to some of these guys, you really get the impression they want to pretend they are musicologists and feel compelled to say something clever. What ends up coming out is full of s..t more often than not!

      In their defense, I don’t believe music critics typically have much time to review a new album. I imagine this puts them under a certain degree of pressure to produce opinions that are probably not fully informed. I wonder how often they say to themselves after they’s published a review that they were off!

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      1. I have always thought that too- how many times do they listen to an album before a review? Major albums probably more so than a minor release which I bet some give one listen and write it up. An album deserves more than that.

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