Sunday Gospel Corner: Aretha Franklin – Mary, Don’t You Weep

Aretha Franklin started her singing career signing gospel at her dad’s church. Here we have a soul filled version of the old gospel classic Mary Don’t You Weep, taken fromtheĀ  1972 album “Amazing Grace” by Aretha Franklin.The You Tube commentary to this says

It ultimately sold over two million copies in the United States alone, earning a Double Platinum certification. As of 2010 it is also the biggest selling disc of Aretha’s entire fifty year recording career. The double album was recorded ‘Live’ at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles during January of 1972. It won the 1972 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance and also stands as the biggest selling pure Gospel album in history.

Sunday Gospel Corner: Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands (live)

Bill Withers wrote the song Grandma’s Hands about his grandma (who had been born into slavery). Wikipedia says as a boy Withers would attend church with his grandmother, Lula, where she would sing and clap along with the hymns. He later said: “It was spontaneous singing, there was nothing programmed. People got up and sang and everybody would join in. It was my favourite kind of singing.”

So this track qualifies for Sunday Gospel Corner. The link above gives a live version of the song, which ends after about 2 minutes 20 seconds. But don’t stop the video there! There’s a great rendition of Use Me that follows, and it’s well worth a listen.