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Aretha Franklin’s “Songs of Faith” on Checker. A live lp recorded in 1956, at her father, the gospel superstar, Reverend C.L. Franklin’s church in Detroit when she was 14 years old! Aretha sang and played piano before an enthusiastic congregation. The result, as recorded by Joe Von Battle, a local record store owner, was one of the most remarkable and atmospheric gospel recordings ever. Eventually released by Chess as Songs Of Faith in 1965, it is currently available on MCA/Chess as Aretha Gospel. According to Smokey Robinson: “When Aretha was a child she could go to the piano and play nearly like she plays it now. None of the rest of us could just go sit down and play the piano and sing like that.”
“I Saw God Today” The Christian Light Quintet Melron Records
“God’s Gospel Giant” Evangelist Vance Zinn Presents A Sermon in Song