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07:48

Darlene Love: A Background Singer Takes The Spotlight

Love sang background vocals on some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, including "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Johnny Angel." On March 14, Love will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Fresh Air honors the vocalist with excerpts from a 1988 interview.

20:43

Bettye LaVette's Journey To The National Stage

If you've never heard of Bettye LaVette, the soul singer who belted out "A Change Is Gonna Come" with Jon Bon Jovi at the Inauguration Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan 18., you may be wondering why.

18:40

Etta James: Still Singing Her Song

After five decades in the music business, Etta James continues to draw fans. Her signature song, "At Last" remains a favorite and soon R&B singer Beyonce will portray the singer in a new movie, "Cadillac Records."

18:35

Ronnie Spector's Recording Career

Ronnie Spector, a member of the 1960s girl group The Ronettes, is about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She left the music business for a number of years, before returning to recording.

Rebroadcast from Aug. 31, 1987.

49:59

From the Archives: Fresh Air Interviews the Queen of Soul.

A rare interview with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. She's won fifteen Grammy awards and is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. The state of Michigan has proclaimed her voice a natural resource. Her hits include "Respect," "I Say a Little Prayer," and "You Make me Feel Like a Natural Woman." She's just written an autobiography with David Ritz, entitled "Aretha: From These Roots" (Villard Books). REBROADCAST FROM 10/11/99

50:01

Fresh Air Interviews the Queen of Soul.

A rare interview with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. She's won fifteen Grammy awards and is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. The state of Michigan has proclaimed her voice a natural resource. Her hits include "Respect," "I Say a Little Prayer," and "You Make me Feel Like a Natural Woman." She's just written an autobiography with David Ritz, entitled "Aretha: From These Roots" (Villard Books).

15:35

From the Archives: The Return of R&B Singer LaVern Baker.

Veteran rhythm and blues singer LaVern Baker. She had a series of hits in the 50s, among them "Bumblebee," and "Jim Dandy to the Rescue." Her latest recordings are "The Blue Side of Rock and Roll," and "Woke Up This Morning. Rebroadcast from 3/26/91.

22:32

From the Archives: R&B and Gospel Singer Etta James.

Blues and R&B singer Etta James. She was a teenager when she was discovered by band leader/talent scout Johnny Otis, who helped her record her first single, "Dance with Me Henry." Her career took off in the sixties, until she battled a drug addiction at the end of that decade. Although James mostly sang R&B, in 1994 she released "Mystery Lady," on which she covers songs by her favorite jazz singer, Billie Holiday. Rebroadcast from 8/24/94.

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