1960 – Aretha Franklin plays a selection of standards at the Village Vanguard in New York City. It is her first non-gospel performance.
1906 – The Victor Talking Machine Company, headquartered in Camden, NJ, begins manufacturing the world’s first mass-market home record player, the Victrola. Price: $200.
1942 – In response to what it sees as a threat from a new fad, phonograph records, the American Federation of Musicians goes on a recording strike (but not live gigs).
1964 – Ringo Starr famously tells the other Beatles after a long day of filming their first movie that it’s been “a hard day’s night.” John Lennon turns the phrase into a song, and the movie title is changed from Beatlemania! to A Hard Day’s Night.
1968 – Aretha Franklin wins the first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Performance for “Respect.” She wins the same award for the next 7 years in a row. Continue reading →
We definitely do not subscribe to the “celeb-grandstanding style” of reporting but this one we simply could not ignore: Jack White tried to fight Patrick Carney at a NYC bar last night. Continue reading →
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, comes to Verizon Hall tonight with her latest record in tow. Released in October, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics sees her taking on classics from Etta James’ “At Last” and Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to modern classics like Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep.” Here’s hoping some of her own signature songs wind up in the mix as well. Tickets are still available, and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Ladies and Gentlemen: The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin is playing Verizon Hall on December 29th. Franklin’s new album Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics features the Queen covering Etta James (“At Last”), Gladys Knight (“Midnight Train to Georgia””), Barbra Streisand (“People”), Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”), Chaka Khan (“I Am Every Woman”), Diana Ross (“Ain’t Know Mountain High Enough”), and others. Continue reading →