Doug Doyle spoke with a number of musicians, producers and writers while organizing a WBGO News roundup of tributes to Aretha Franklin. Here are three interviews in longer form, beginning with singer Lizz Wright, who like Franklin came out of the gospel church.
Russell Malone is a guitarist whose career included a few opportunities to work with the Queen of Soul. He remembers those moments, and her majesty, here.
Doug also spoke with Bob Porter, the host of Portraits in Blue, and a record producer whose credits include the monumental collection Atlantic Rhythm and Blues, 1947-1974. He put Franklin's work into a context, and not only in celebration of the Atlantic Records glory years.