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Aretha Franklin

Post  Malhorne on Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:01 am


Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano
Vocal Range: G2-D6 (So Far)

Significant High Notes:

  • D6 (''Random singing at 1973 Grammys'')
  • B5 (''Think'', ''You're All I Need to Get By'')
  • B♭5 (''Bridge Over Troubled Water'', ''Think'')
  • A5 (''Think'', ''You're All I Need To Get By'')
  • G♯5 ("Angel", "Skylark", ''Think'')
  • G5 ("(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Live)", "Baby I Love You (Live)", ''Bridge Over Troubled Water'', "I'm Losing You (Live, Shindig 1964)", ''Respect'', "Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)")
  • F♯5 (''Chain Of Fools'', ''I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)'', ''Respect'', ''Say A Little Prayer For You'', ''Spanish Harlem'', ''Think'')
  • F5 (''A Change Is Gonna Come'', ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'', "Angel", ''Bridge Over Troubled Water'', ''I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)'', ''I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)'', "Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)", ''Spanish Harlem'', "There Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing (Live, Grammys 1975)", "Won't Be Long (Live, Steve Allen Show 1964)")
  • E5 (''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'', "Angel", ''I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)'', ''Respect'', "Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)", ''Say A Little Prayer For You'', "Shoop Shoop Song (Live, Shindig 1964)", ''Spanish Harlem'', ''You're All I Need To Get By'')
  • E♭5 (''A Change Is Gonna Come'', ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'', ''Chain Of Fools'', "Lover Come Back To Me (Live, Steve Allen Show 1964)", ''Respect'')
  • D5 (''A Change Is Gonna Come'', ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'', "Angel", ''Bridge Over Troubled Water'', ''Chain Of Fools'', ''I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)'', ''Say A Little Prayer For You'', "Say A Little Prayer (Live)", ''Respect'', "Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)")
  • C♯5 (''Say A Little Prayer For You'', ''Think'', ''You're All I Need To Get By'')
  • C5 (''A Change Is Gonna Come'', ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'', "Angel", ''Bridge Over Troubled Water'', ''Chain Of Fools'', "Dr Feelgood (Live, Stockholm 1968)", ''Respect'', "Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)", ''Say A Little Prayer For You'', ''Spanish Harlem'', ''You're All I Need To Get By'')


Significant low notes:

  • B3 (''Say A Little Prayer For You'')
  • B♭3 (''Bridge Over Troubled Water'')
  • A3 (''Spanish Harlem'', ''You're All I Need To Get By'')
  • F3 (''A Change Is Gonna Come'')
  • G2 (''I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)'')



Thread originally by and additional information from Starman!


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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  Malhorne on Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:04 am

If someone wants to help I think I'll need help to find lows (more to pitch them than finding since I'm no good on lows (why am I a tenor ^^')).

EDIT :
Does someone thinks it is her voice at the begginning of the song ?
That sounds pretty high for me but not that full ...
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  Starman on Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:39 am

C5s, D5s and E5s galore!
also an F5 and a G#5 all worth mentioning.
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  Malhorne on Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:53 am

Ok thanks Very Happy
Tomorrow I'll search for more low notes.
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  Mumei on Thu May 01, 2014 1:09 pm

Malhorne wrote:Ok thanks Very Happy
Tomorrow I'll search for more low notes.

One of the best lower registers out there. This won't help you in your search much, but it's a great showcase:



For the upper belt, I'd like to point out a few:

G#5: Skylark
G5: Baby I Love You (Live), (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Live), I'm Losing You (Live, Shindig 1964) (unfortunately the person that had the original uploaded made it private, so this is all that's available. The note is goddamn incarnate, though)
F5: Won't Be Long (Live, Steve Allen Show 1964) (quite a few besides that), There Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing (Live, Grammys 1975) (again, the first of a number)
E5: Shoop Shoop Song (Live, Shindig 1964) (is the second big belt 1:38 an F5? I wasn't sure if it was higher)
E5b: Lover Come Back To Me (Live, Steve Allen Show 1964)
D5: Say A Little Prayer (Live)
C5: Dr Feelgood (Live, Stockholm 1968)

Also, she sounds incredible at this Duke Ellington performance. Unfortunately I can't seem to find half the individual performances but it's worth a listen:

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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  Malhorne on Thu May 01, 2014 10:47 pm

Thanks for your search, I didn't have many times to research and I'm terrible to pitch lows so i'm having bad times finding them ^^

Anyway I'll add them to the OP.
In Shoop Shoop song I hear the second belt as an E5.

EDIT : The note that the video points as a C#6 was referred as a D6 by me and Starman...
Which one is the good ?
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  Mumei on Fri May 02, 2014 12:35 am

Malhorne wrote:Thanks for your search, I didn't have many times to research and I'm terrible to pitch lows so i'm having bad times finding them ^^

Anyway I'll add them to the OP.
In Shoop Shoop song I hear the second belt as an E5.

EDIT : The note that the video points as a C#6 was referred as a D6 by me and Starman...
Which one is the good ?

I think in the comments the uploader says that it's mostly on C#6 but it does indeed peak at D6. Or that might be a different video; in any case it would explain the discrepancy.
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  Malhorne on Sat May 10, 2014 4:56 am

So about this note should I point this as a D6, a C#6 or both ?
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  kokope on Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:23 am



G5-F5-E5-D5-C5 at 1:51 ( the whole song is full of them ).
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  Malhorne on Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:47 am

Thanks for the founding !
The G5 sounds pretty strange btw
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  MusicAddict95 on Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:13 am

I thought that these would be of interest  Smile




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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  Malhorne on Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:23 pm

I'll see it when I'll have some time (more than 20m of pitch will be hell with my poor pitching skills xD)
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  .Bruno on Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:54 am


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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  JonnyWinter91 on Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:59 pm

Really cool G♯5s at the end of her version of 'Border Song'.

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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  bradphone on Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:25 am


Oh my fucking god.... 73 years old.. Lost her voice for what, decades?! She sings the shit out of this version FANTASTIC!

Are my ears decieving me or is she, from about 3:00 onwards constantly belting F5s and around 3:12 even an G5?!

This is easily one of the best live performances i've heard in years!
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  .Bruno on Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:55 am

Amazing!
The greatest singer of all time.

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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  kokope on Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:11 am

She goes down to E♭2 here: https://youtu.be/Sa_B37O2QLI?t=7m4s
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  The Long Shot on Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:57 am

kokope wrote:She goes down to E♭2 here: https://youtu.be/Sa_B37O2QLI?t=7m4s

I hear E2. Still a solid note regardless, an interview note actually worthy of inclusion.
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Re: Aretha Franklin

Post  CoolBeans on Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:48 am

Yeah, that sounds like an E2. Age has done her lower register well. Smile
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