The first woman inducted into the Rock‘n’Roll Hall of Fame (1987,) the “Queen Of Soul,” Aretha Franklin brought her magic to Ovation Hall at the Revel in Atlantic City, Saturday evening March 15, 2014.
Whether she's singing rock or gospel, Franklin has become known as one of the most influential and recognizable singer/performers in the history of music and is still the undisputed “Queen.”
Aretha Franklin has spanned generations and the entertainers fan base continues to grow. Her powerful voice, which is considered one of the best in rock, can still move any audience with her sweet soulful gospel sound, which she did for her fans.
The show started after a twenty minute delay which was instantly forgotten as Franklin took the stage and began to perform “Natural Woman.” As she walked and danced around the stage singing, her fans kept cheering. Following the opening number, Franklin went non- stop into “Think” and “Something He Can Feel.”
Her legion of fans were once again in love with Aretha. After she had the audience on their feet during the singing of “Chain of Fools,” she exited the stage for a clothing change.
The outstanding seventeen piece band and four back-up singers entertained the audience during the short intermission. Returning to the stage, Franklin took time to talk to the audience by telling a couple of jokes which brought a loud round of laughter.
A few songs later, Franklin walked over to the piano and informed the audience that she was going to play a tribute to “Whitney Houston.” Franklin with deep emotion movingly sang “I Will Always Love You” while playing the piano.
Later she told the audience, “Okay you have been sitting a long time, now lets stand up and shake it all out,” as she began to sing “Freeway of Love.” The audience obeyed and joined in singing and dancing at their seats and having a marvelous time. The longer than normal version of the song ended with the audience on their feet as the “Queen” left the stage to the sound of wild cheering and applause that continued long after she exited.
In response to The prolonged applause, Franklin walked back out to center stage as the band proceeded to lead in to her song “Respect” which drew even more applause and cheers ending the night on a very high note of pleasure and excitement.
Aretha Franklin has been the subject of rave reviews by her fans and her peers. Some of the most descriptive accolades have come from the most diverse corners. Time Magazine called her, "One of the most influential people of the last century," while The Wall Street Journal said of Franklin that,“She was the most powerful singer alive!”
With twenty number #1 R&B hits, including; “Respect,” “Think,” and “Freeway Of Love,” Franklin has also recorded some classics, “Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing,” and “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.” With a total of eighteen Grammy Awards, more than any other female performer, recipient of the Grammy Legend Award, 1991 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, in 1994, Franklin has undoubtedly made her mark on music history.
The fourth child of a Baptist preacher, C.L. Franklin and his gospel singer wife, Barbara, Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. After a brief stay in Buffalo, New York, Aretha and her four siblings went to Detroit, where their father was the pastor at the New Bethel Baptist Church. Quitting school at age fifteen, Franklin at age eighteen, left Detroit for New York.
Signed to Columbia, Franklin was marketed as a jazz singer and even though she recorded ten albums between 1960 and 1966, Franklin surprisingly never had a big hit. In 1966, Franklin signed with Atlantic Records, and had a winner with the 1967's million-seller "I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You." Following with a string of hits, "Respect," (Otis Redding's 1965 hit) went gold as did "Baby, I Love You," "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman," "Chain of Fools" and "Since You've Been Gone."
Aretha Franklin continues to move forward and upward. For a most memorable, energetic and nostalgic evening of music from one of the best singers in music today, don’t miss Aretha Franklin.