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Aretha Franklin: Preacher's Daughter

Tony Scherman, PopMatters, 12 March 2021

Our recent glimpse of Tony Scherman's biography in progress, I Gave My Heart and Soul to You: The Triumph of Aretha Franklin, told the story of how, when, where, and with whom one of 20th-century pop music's towering geniuses recorded her signature song, 'Respect'. This second excerpt takes us back to Genesis, as it were. "Aretha: Preacher's Daughter" tells the story, in-depth, of a little girl's immersion in the music of the Baptist Church.

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