David Nathan's Diary

1970 is proving to be a banner year for Aretha.  Just three years into her tenure with Atlantic Records, her career is reaching dazzling new heights, beyond  - we can speculate – her own expectations.

1969 is a year of change for Aretha.  After the non-stop activity of 1967 and 1968, with eight gold singles (six of which are No.

Aretha’s gone ‘funky’!  1971 has started with a January 27th session at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, which has become a second studio location for Aretha’s recordings since October 1969.  Whether it’s the change of scenery from Atlantic’s ever-busy1841 Broadway venue, the sea breeze, the warm climate, whatever it is, Aretha seems at home at Criteria and oftentimes, there’s a different energy that infuses her perform

I can still vividly recall the first day I heard the debut Atlantic single by The Sweet Inspirations.  It was June 1967 and - after a brief ‘break’ from working at Soul City, the London record shop I co-owned with Dave Godin (often called ‘The British Godfather Of R&B’ among the burgeoning cadre of UK R&B and soul music fans in the early to mid-‘60s who had joined the Mary Wells fan club which had morphed into The Tamla Motow

In the vast session logs of Atlantic Records which go back to the early 1940’s, the first entry for Aretha Franklin’s recording of “You’re All I Need To Get By,” the Ashford & Simpson-penned 1968 hit by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell occurs on November 2, 1970 as the third and final song on an all-star session featuring Aretha on piano, Donny Hathaway on organ, Hugh McCracken on guitar, Eric Gale on electric bass, Memphis drumme