Aretha Franklin Classic Covers + Original Recordings

Proving once and for all that the Queen of Soul was a master of interpretation. #arethafranklin #queenofsoul

At a birthday party at work last month, I was asked if in my 50 years of existence, did I have any advice to impart to everyone. My reply: “There is only one Queen of Soul. Accept no substitutes.”

Saying that the death of Aretha Franklin left a hole in my heart would be an absolute understatement. I first heard her in the recordings my parents would play; then later, on a program called “Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues” that would broadcast out of KLON, the campus radio station at Long Beach State, California, on Sunday mornings, which would also birth the now mega-concert series, the annual Long Beach Blues Festival. (These were the “lean years” of Aretha’s career; she was still recording and releasing records, but to little notice.) This anthology series is based upon the style of that program, so I wanted to pay tribute in a way that illustrated the original format of the show.

Aretha Franklin on the cover of the June 28, 1968, issue of TIME. Illustration by Boris Chaliapin.

This week, which marks my 300+ hours of original programming, is dedicated to the late Aretha Franklin. Instead of trotting out the same five songs everyone else has played, or like Fox News, showing Patti Labelle’s picture instead of Aretha’s, this program will illustrate her command of song by having a little fun.

These tracks are covers, which means they were originally recorded by different artists, that Ms. Franklin has interpreted, sometimes so radically that they bear little resemblance to the original. As an added bonus, the second hour of this program will feature all of the original recordings, with eight of these artists making their debut on this show.

First Hour First Part

  • The House That Jack Built, 1968, single A-side
  • Niki Hoeky, 1968, Lady Soul
  • See Saw, 1968, Aretha Now
  • Make It With You (live) 1971, Live at the Fillmore West
  • My Song (mono) 1968, B-side to “See Saw”
  • Trouble In Mind, 1965, Yeah!!!
  • Eleanor Rigby, 1969, This Girl’s In Love With You
  • Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do), 1973, Let Me In Your Life
  • Don’t Play That Song, 1970, Spirit In The Dark

First Hour Second Part

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (long version), 1971, Aretha’s Greatest Hits (edited version originally a single A-side)
  • Love For Sale, 1965, Yeah!!!
  • Satisfaction (mono), 1967, Aretha Arrives
  • Soulville, 1964, Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington
  • Border Song [Holy Moses], 1970, single A-side
  • Money Won’t Change You, 1968, Lady Soul
  • You’ll Lose A Good Thing, 1964, Running Out of Fools
  • You’re All I Need To Get By, 1971, single A-side
  • Respect, 1967, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You

First Hour Finale

  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), 1964, single A-side
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Second Hour First Part

  • The House That Jack Built, Thelma Jones
  • Niki Hoeky (mono), P.J. Proby
  • See Saw, Don Covay & The Goodtimers
  • Make It With You, Bread
  • My Song (mono), Johnny Ace and The Beale Streeters
  • Trouble In Mind (mono), Bertha “Chippie” Hill (with Louis Armstrong)
  • Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles
  • Until You Come Back To Me, Stevie Wonder
  • Don’t Play That Song, Ben E. King

Second Hour Second Part

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel
  • Love For Sale (mono), Billie Holiday
  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
  • Soulville, Dinah Washington
  • Border Song, Elton John
  • Money Won’t Change You (mono) James Brown
  • You’ll Lose A Good Thing (alternate take), Barbara Lynn
  • You’re All I Need To Get By, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Respect, Otis Redding

Second Hour Finale

  • The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) (mono), Nat King Cole
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Love to you all.

Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner

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