You will be missed.'" Houston's body of work included a string of Billboard No.Aretha Franklin has simply been one of the greatest singers of the modern generation, and whether bringing her powerful, passionate voice to bear on gospel standards, songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, pop ditties, or deep Southern soul and R&B, she has always had the presence -- much like Ray Charles -- to make anything she touches unmistakably hers.Willie Mae Ford Smith used to call her gritty, downhome style of church singing “Christian blues” and gospel’s greatest songwriter Dorsey began his career as a juke joint piano player.Just as bars and liquor stores often reside next to churches in predominantly black neighborhoods, gospel and blues have co-existed in tight quarters ever since they both grew out of “Negro spirituals.” Some stations in the ’40s and ’50s, including 50,000- watt Nashville station WLAC, aired them side by side.A subsequent (subjective, non-ABX) review in the Stereophile magazine, deemed the Pono Player's performance superior to more expensive components and players with the reviewer saying "I am pleased to report that CD rips sounded excellent through the player".GLORY HALLELUJAH: The Golden Age of Gospel by Michael Corcoran On an unseasonably breezy August afternoon in 1963, Dr. Clara Ward and the Ward Singers, meanwhile, were openly chastized when they traded their choir robes for sequined gowns and took their act to Las Vegas.The album is Aretha's first release for Columbia, and is also known under its working title Right Now It's Aretha and sometimes simply as Aretha.
The entertainer recently returned to a movie set for "Sparkle," a remake of the 1976 hit, which was loosely based on the story of The Supremes.
“Worst thing I ever heard,” Dorsey’s longtime associate Sallie Martin was overheard grumbling. ” Never mind that Aretha, like such R&B/pop acts as Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, the Staple Singers, Johnny Taylor, Billy Preston and Dinah Washington, began her singing career in the gospel field or that she was always quick to acknowlege such church singers as Clara Ward, Marion Williams and Bessie Griffin as influences. ” Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a great blues guitarist as well as gospel belter, was almost stripped of her “Sister” rank by shocked churchgoers in the early ’40s when she sang religious songs with an 11-piece jazz band.
The memorial service at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater ended with Aretha Franklin, the former Mahalia acolyte who went on to become “Lady Soul,” wrapping herself around “Precious Lord.” When it was over the audience applauded, unusual reaction at a funeral, but not everyone approved. You don’t cross over to the pop music field, you defect, as R&B superstar Sam Cooke found whenever he joined his old gospel group, the Soul Stirrers, for a song and a voice from the crowd would invariably yell, “Get that blues singer off the stage!
In the wake of its launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2015, Pono received mixed reviews.
Yahoo Tech's David Pogue conducted a blind test with 15 volunteers aged 17 to 55 comparing Pono Music downloads (FLAC format) played on a Pono Player with i Tunes downloads (AAC format) played on an i Phone; he found that the participants did not prefer Pono.