Very sad. I think everyone has an image of Aretha Franklin, but perhaps us fans of The Blues Brothers have a further appreciation of her, beyond the R&B powerhouse, and into the feisty, funny, very human character she dished up in BB and BB2K. She'll be missed by so many, and for so many personal reasons. Rest in peace.
Post by Steam McQueen on Aug 16, 2018 21:20:38 GMT -5
- scmods, I updated the thread title. RIP Aretha.
Thanks for the video/music links, lads. I was looking for a certain performance from 1968 that I remembered watching on youtube years ago, I can't remember what the old TV show was, instead I found this ABC News Special from 1968. It was uploaded less than 2 years ago and it's excellent. Quite a cool slice of history, maybe it's been uploaded before but I don't recall seeing this special, not in it's entirety anyway ...
Post by Steam McQueen on Jul 13, 2020 14:20:59 GMT -5
- Dan responds to The Hollywood Reporter regarding Aretha and filming at the Soul Food Cafe ...
Oh, yeah, absolutely! First of all, she didn't like the idea of being in a waitresses uniform. She didn't think it would look flattering. But then Deborah Nadoolman, our costume designer, fitted the uniform so that she looked really cute in it. It accentuated her figure. And once she got the right shoes sorted out to dance in and the right moves from [choreographer] Carlton Johnson, she began to gain confidence. She was very shy by nature, Aretha, if you can believe that. She was a great vocalist and ebullient and effusive, but shy, basically, and wasn't sure she could pull it off.
But then she cut the song. We wanted "Think," so she cut the song and it was a great pop and crisp version of it with our band behind her. I had butterflies in my stomach when that music started and we were sitting on the bench. They started to cover her first and we were just sitting there watching. I went weak because it was just so powerful. It's just an electric, lovely, totally fluidic, rhythmic piece of music and film married together. I almost fell off the chair.
Post by Steam McQueen on Aug 14, 2021 21:49:50 GMT -5
- Another film that was delayed about 8 months or so from the original intended date, "Respect" finally opened yesterday. I don't know a lot about it other than it stars Jennifer Hudson, which seems like an awesome choice, and the trailer looks excellent.