MUST LISTEN! Aretha Franklin Releases Her Take On The Disco Classic ‘I Will Survive’

| October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A photo of Aretha Franklin in 1971 , the same year Gloria Gaynor released the monster classic ‘I Will Survive’. It was at age 18 when Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records only achieving modest success. But following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Think”. These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.

“When I heard Aretha, I could feel her emotional delivery so clearly. It came from down deep within. That’s what I wanted to do”.

Whitney Houston

“I want to sing like Aretha Franklin. Before her I wanted the technical ability of Ella Fitzgerald”.

Lena Horne

“My ultimate film role would be to play the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin”.

Jennifer Hudson

Now 50 years later , at 72-years-old Franklin is an American icon. On the 21st of this month the Queen of soul , Aretha Franklin will release her 39th studio album: ‘Aretha Franklin:Sings The Great Divas’ , a covers album that Babyface and Andre 3000 helped produce. The album should become a collector’s item for music lovers as she sings with the anointing of an angel. Last week we posted her live performance of her take on Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” , and now she’s releasing a second single for the album.

Hear the Queen of Soul take on the Queen of Disco Gloria Gaynor’s “I will Survive” , starting with a smooth Jazzy intro Franklin starts out slow before dropping its signature disco driven beat. From there she briefly modulating into Destiny’s Child ‘I’m a Survivor’ before returning for some vintage scatting. Finally Franklin leaves us with the all so famous women empowerment dialogue heard in the songs lyrics.

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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