The Great American Songbook

The Great American Songbook

by Aretha Franklin


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The Great American Songbook

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Aretha Franklin's signing with Columbia Records. Legacy Recordings commemorates this occasion with a series of releases, including The Great American Songbook.

Aretha Franklin is a legend of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomizes soul at its most gospel-charged. Her astonishing run of late-'60s hits earned her the title "Queen of Soul," which she has worn uncontested ever since.

With these songs by America's greatest composers, Aretha Franklin paved the path to her own greatness. From standards to bebop to gospel and blues, these recordings are indelible snapshots of a special time in the career of a musical legend; a portrait of the artist as a young woman.

This stand-alone CD features classic American songs by such classic American composers and lyricists as Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwin Brothers, Oscar Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kern, and Hank Williams. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2011
Label: Arista
UPC: 0886978346827
catalogNumber: 783468

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aretha Franklin   Primary Artist,Piano
Ray Bryant   Piano
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Grey   Trombone
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Gary Chester   Drums
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
George Duvivier   Bass
Sticks Evans   Drums
Ernie Hayes   Organ,Piano
Milt Hinton   Bass
Bill Lee   Bass
Buddy Lucas   Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Westbrook   Guitar
Warren Lucky   Tenor Saxophone
Robert Ascher   Trombone
James "Beans" Richardson   Bass
Hindel Butts   Drums
Teddy Harris   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
John Hammond   Producer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Roy Halee   Engineer
Anthony Heilbut   Producer,Liner Notes
Kasha   Producer
Frank Laico   Engineer
S. Lewis   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Robert Mersey   Arranger,Producer
Cliff Morris   Engineer
Clyde Otis   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Richard Wess   Arranger
B. Smith   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Leo Sacks   Producer
Robert Waller   Engineer
Harold Chapman   Engineer
Ted Brosnan   Engineer
M. Wilson   Composer
J. Leslie McFarland   Arranger
Bobby Scott   Arranger,Producer
R.M. Jones   Composer
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer
J. Schwartz   Composer
R. Connelly   Composer
B. Holiday   Composer
H. Woods   Composer
J. Campbell   Composer
H. Williams   Composer
Belford C. Hendricks   Arranger
George Knoor   Engineer

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