Stevie Wonder tears up speaking about Aretha Franklin visit

by Wade Massey August 18, 2018, 0:37
Stevie Wonder tears up speaking about Aretha Franklin visit

"I find it disturbing and sad, and a reflection of his endless narcissism", said David Ritz, who spent years with Franklin seeking to understand the guarded performer for his 2014 biography, "Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin". Following that reveal, he broke down while discussing his last visit with her earlier this week. "You know, there was information that I knew that I couldn't really say because the family did not want that out".

Recording at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, working in partnership with Atlantic co-owner and producer Jerry Wexler and the legendary Muscle Shoals rhythm section, Franklin's debut for Atlantic, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, was certified gold in the same year of its release. "She said that she wanted to be known as a good mother, but she was a good mother to not only just her four sons, but to so many people around the world, like me".

The ANC is more than happy remember her for her huge contribution to inspiring those who strive to make the world a better place through her music.

They hailed Franklin for her talent and contribution to modern American society after former president Barack Obama said she graced people "with a glimpse of the divine" when she sang. Using these techniques, as she did with Respect, lyrics could be repositioned to reflect the black female perspective. Her life was beset by personal struggles. "Obviously growing older, I will always remember John Lennon's song, 'Imagine.' Those are the emotional places".

"I knew "Respect" from Otis Redding, [but] when I heard her sing it, it was nearly like hearing a whole new song". She collaborated with Lauryn Hill, who wrote and produced Franklin's song "A Rose Is Still A Rose", the title track from her final Gold album.

"As an activist, she championed the cause of young women who did not have a voice in a male-dominated society and her love for humanity was palpable."
You don't get it back.

I have so many fond memories of Aretha. Her voice and charisma forever changed the way we listen to music. She understood its role in her career and remained loyal to our company across the years.

"This is very personal for me, as you can probably tell", he said. I peek in and there's Aretha, sitting at the piano, playing and singing, nearly like she did as an adult.

"But I flipped it and rewrote the lyrics for her".

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