Aretha Franklin

The popularity of ‘Amazing Grace’ owes much to its melody

16 December 2023 9:00 am

The song has evolved from Christian hymn to secular anthem for humankind. But the powerful tune we know today was not its original one

Religion provides the rhythm

9 December 2023 9:00 am

From the Gospel journeys of Aretha Franklin to the late-life monasticism of Leonard Cohen, the great musical artists of the 20th century were often quasi-religious figures

Mighty resurrection: Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace

A mighty resurrection: Amazing Grace reviewed

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Each December in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center Honors anoints five performing artists who have contributed to American life. In…

Count Basie, Aretha Franklin, Elvis, Bob Dylan - all the greats ultimately owe their fame to the faceless ‘record men’

21 February 2015 9:00 am

The crucial thing to remember about the music business is that it’s a business. If you happen to be creating…