Monday Open Thread | Aretha Franklin Week

aretha-4

This week will be devoted to the Queen of Soul.

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin’s church as a child. In 1960, at age 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Think”. These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.

aretha-2

Franklin eventually recorded a total of 88 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history. Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted & Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with a relatively small role in the film, The Blues Brothers and with the albums, Jump to It and Who’s Zoomin’ Who?. In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria, “Nessun Dorma”, at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with “A Rose Is Still a Rose”.

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.[1] Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.[2] Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in which she placed number 1.[3][4]

 

 

aretha-3

aretha-5

aretha-6

This entry was posted in Music, Open Thread, Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

14 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Aretha Franklin Week

  1. Aretha Franklin is one of America’s greatest cultural treasures.

  2. rikyrah says:

    The Opinion Pages|Op-Ed Columnist
    The Undeserving Rich

    JAN. 19, 2014

    The reality of rising American inequality is stark. Since the late 1970s real wages for the bottom half of the work force have stagnated or fallen, while the incomes of the top 1 percent have nearly quadrupled (and the incomes of the top 0.1 percent have risen even more). While we can and should have a serious debate about what to do about this situation, the simple fact — American capitalism as currently constituted is undermining the foundations of middle-class society — shouldn’t be up for argument.

    But it is, of course. Partly this reflects Upton Sinclair’s famous dictum: It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. But it also, I think, reflects distaste for the implications of the numbers, which seem almost like an open invitation to class warfare — or, if you prefer, a demonstration that class warfare is already underway, with the plutocrats on offense.

    The result has been a determined campaign of statistical obfuscation. At its cruder end this campaign comes close to outright falsification; at its more sophisticated end it involves using fancy footwork to propagate what I think of as the myth of the deserving rich.

    For an example of de facto falsification, one need look no further than a recent column by Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal, which first accused President Obama (wrongly) of making a factual error, then proceeded to assert that rising inequality was no big deal, because everyone has been making big gains. Why, incomes for the bottom fifth of the U.S. population have risen 186 percent since 1979!

    If this sounds wrong to you, it should: that’s a nominal number, not corrected for inflation. You can find the inflation-corrected number in the same Census Bureau table; it shows incomes for the bottom fifth actually falling. Oh, and for the record, at the time of writing this elementary error had not been corrected on The Journal’s website.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/opinion/krugman-the-undeserving-rich.html?src=me&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Most%20Emailed&pgtype=article

  3. rikyrah says:

    Law’s Expanded Medicaid Coverage Brings a Surge in Sign-Ups

    By SABRINA TAVERNISE
    JAN. 20, 2014

    WELCH, W.Va. — Sharon Mills, a disabled nurse, long depended on other people’s kindness to manage her diabetes. She scrounged free samples from doctors’ offices, signed up for drug company discounts and asked for money from her parents and friends. Her church often helped, but last month used its charitable funds to help repair other members’ furnaces.

    Ms. Mills, 54, who suffered renal failure last year after having irregular access to medication, said her dependence on others left her feeling helpless and depressed. “I got to the point when I decided I just didn’t want to be here anymore,” she said.

    So when a blue slip of paper arrived in the mail this month with a new Medicaid number on it — part of the expanded coverage offered under the Affordable Care Act — Ms. Mills said she felt as if she could breathe again for the first time in years. “The heavy thing that was pressing on me is gone,” she said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/health/peace-of-mind-is-first-benefit-for-many-now-getting-medicaid.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

  4. rikyrah says:

    CNN host defends Christie’s Sandy shakedown to Hoboken Mayor: Winner gets ‘the spoils’

    By David Edwards
    Sunday, January 19, 2014 12:15 EST

    CNN host Candy Crowley on Sunday defended Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) administration after the mayor of Hoboken claimed that the governor refused to approve Hurricane Sandy relief funds unless she supported a real estate project.

    MSNBC broke the news on Saturday that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer had revealed that the governor’s office warned her in May that she would not get $127 million in hurricane relief funds until she approved a project that allowed the Rockefeller Group to receive millions in tax incentives to redevelop parts of Hoboken.

    On Sunday, nearly every question CNN’s Crowley asked Zimmer seemed to voice the concerns of the governor’s office.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/19/cnn-host-defends-christies-sandy-shakedown-to-hoboken-mayor-winner-gets-the-spoils/

  5. rikyrah says:

    Cute pictures of Blue Ivy at the White House at Beyonce’s tumblr

    http://iam.beyonce.com/tagged/my_life

  6. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone. Another day of PT and bed rest.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone

Leave a Reply