Aretha Franklin “When They Ask About You” (1961, Unreleased. From Just A Matter Of Time: Classic Columbia Recordings 1961-1966, 2009)
It’s Aries Diva Birthday Week, and first up, we wind up a pitch with Aretha Louise Franklin. The undisputed Queen Of Soul turns 72 years old this Tuesday. In nearly 6 decades of entertaining she’s racked up countless hits and accolades.
So it’s interesting to remember her middling beginnings at Columbia Records where she was positioned as an heir to Dinah Washington’s throne (among other women, notably Freda Payne, for example). However, one possibly more successful track that was explored (and then abandoned) was potentially casting her as the next Maxine Brown. This molasses thick pleader, however stayed in the vaults for close to 50 years as syrupy interpretations of standards became standard bearer for The Queen in Waiting during 1962 and ‘63.