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Early Aretha Franklin And More

Exploring Aretha Franklin's roots this week on Afterglow.

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Jazz to Soul

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Respect for the standards: Aretha Franklin dipped frequently into the Great American Songbook in the early years of her career.

Aretha Franklin is known today as the Queen of Soul, but when she was coming up as a young singer in the early 1960s, she sang a repertoire of jazz, pop, and blues. We’ll hear some of those recordings, as well as music from trumpeters Jeremy Pelt and Chet Baker, singers Dick Haymes and Imelda May, pianist Bill Evans, and more.

Music Heard On This Episode

Everything I Love
Houston Person — So Nice (HighNote, 2012)
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Everything I Love
Houston Person — So Nice (HighNote, 2012)
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You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
Jackie Paris — The Jackie Paris Sound (Collector's Choice, 2010)
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Moondrift
Jeremy Pelt — Soul (HighNote, 2012)
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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Legends Live (Jazzhaus, 2012)
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All Night Long
Aretha Franklin — Jazz To Soul (Sony, 1992)
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Blue Holiday
Aretha Franklin — Jazz To Soul (Sony , 1992)
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The Very Thought Of You
Dick Haymes — Complete Capitol Collection (EMI, 2006)
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Meet You At The Moon
Imelda May — Love Tattoo (Verve Forecast, 2009)
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If You Could See Me Now
Bill Evans — Best Of Bill Evans (Riverside, 2004)
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If Ever I Would Leave You
Aretha Franklin — Jazz To Soul (Sony, 1992)
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Unforgettable
Aretha Franklin — Jazz To Soul (Sony, 1992)
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God Bless The Child
Aretha Franklin — Jazz To Soul (Sony, 1992)
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Travelin' Light
Chet Baker — Baker's Holiday (Polygram, 1989)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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