1973 is a pivotal year for Aretha in her relationship with Atlantic Records.
David Nathan's Diary
As 1971 begins, Aretha is truly back in stride.
As one of the most consistent and successful artists on the Atlantic Records roster in her first two years with the label (1967-1969), Aretha continues her soulful reign as a new decade dawns in 1970 with an astonishing sixteen US R&B charted singles (a few, double-sided winners included), seven of which are also US Top 20 hits. She’s released (5) albums between 1970-1972 (including a ‘Greatest Hits’ LP), with “Live At Fillmore
Aretha has signed on the dotted line on November 21st, 1966 and she’s now an Atlantic recording artist after a six-year tenure with Columbia Records which has helped create an audience for her but not provided her with the kind of impact that many of her peers have had on the R&B charts or outside the U.S. She has big hopes that Atlantic Records, already home to the likes of Solomon Burke, Ben E.
This really is a very special blog this month for us – and it's all thanks to Chris Clark who has told me about her recent visit to the UK when she was one of the stars performing at Detroit A-Go-Go in Cleethorpes.