WBGO's Doug Doyle has reaction to the death of Aretha Franklin.
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
Tributes continue to pour in from around the world following the death of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who died in Detroit last Thursday at 76. The music and message of The Queen of Soul touched so many in the jazz and blues community; some of their voices are captured in this edition of the WBGO Journal.
Aretha Franklin was about a month shy of her 20th birthday when she appeared for a week at The Village Gate in late February of 1962. She shared a bill there with pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, who like her was an indescribable talent — a genius, in the fullest sense of the word — recently signed to the roster of Columbia Records.