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Every Song a Sacred Space: Aretha Franklin, Remembered by Lizz Wright and Others

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Aretha Franklin, onstage at The Metropolitan Opera House on September 18, 2011.JEMAL COUNTESS

Doug 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.

Lizz Wright speaking about Aretha Franklin, with WBGO's Doug Doyle

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.

Guitarist Russell Malone speaking about Aretha Franklin, with WBGO's Doug Doyle

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.

WBGO's own Bob Porter speaking about Aretha Franklin, with Doug Doyle