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The final touch, with the all-male band howling and barking in response to Big Mama’s commands, reinforces the record’s humor and its informality. 39 James Brown and Aretha Franklin Among many significant artists whose names became linked with “soul music” in the 1960s, James Brown and Aretha Franklin stand out as exceptionally popular performers with multidecade careers; in fact, they are the top two rhythm-blues artists of this entire time period. Both brought experience with gospel singing to bear upon their performance of secular material.
54 Lester “Prez” Young was famous for performing with jazz greats Billie Holiday and Count Basie and for playing his tenor saxophone at an angle. 55 ChapTEr 7 Country Music: SOngS OF TRAdITIOn And CHAngE Country music has always been about the relationship between the countryside and the city, home and migration, the past and the present. This is not surprising if we consider the main audience for this music during the 1920s: rural people whose way of life was being radically transformed by the mechanization of agriculture and changes in the American economy, and migrants who left home to find jobs and establish new lives in the city.
Franklin’s first recordings were as a gospel singer, at the age of 14, and she occasionally returned to recording gospel music in the midst of her career as a pop singer — most spectacularly with the live album Amazing Grace (1972), which was recorded in a church. Amazing Grace introduced legions of pop music fans to the power of gospel music. The album was a Top 10 bestseller and the most successful album of Franklin’s entire career; it sold over two million copies. 42 What is most important about Aretha Franklin is the overwhelming power and intensity of her vocal delivery.