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Aretha Franklin: Singer by Heather Lehr Wagner

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She in turn loved the type of music Atlantic Records was producing. “I wanted a hit,” she recalled in her autobiography, “and I wanted to be with a company that understood the current market. ” Franklin, her husband/ manager Ted White, and Wexler quickly came to an agreement. Aretha would get a contract with Atlantic and a $30,000 signing bonus. From the beginning, Wexler wanted to build the music around Franklin’s unique and powerful sound, rather than trying to plug her into a particular existing style or format.

L. did not like White, worried about his reputation, and was concerned that a relationship with White might distract his daughter from her career. 33 34 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait with her husband and manager Ted White, circa 1961. Although her father did not like White, Aretha discovered that her husband’s influence led her toward a more contemporary style of music. Jazz Singer White took Franklin to many of the late-night clubs then popular in Detroit. He introduced her to popular acts such as the Temptations.

As I understood it they had to get special permission to be paid. I’m not really sure what it was, but in my instance, coming up, I was able to handle my own money and I didn’t have to ask anyone for anything. And those artists, I believe, did. They had to go through a process to get a check written. Certainly Motown presented their artists in a first class way. They did have some of the things that the other labels didn’t have, which were the grooming schools where they had to sit and take different classes in knowing how to speak to the press and so on.

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