On Thursday, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away in her Detroit home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Her voice resonated with countless artists, including Chris Stapleton, who played a special encore on Saturday night during his All American Road Show Tour to pay tribute to the inspirational Franklin.
Before launching into a cover of “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” Stapleton told the crowd that Franklin herself played the inaugural show on the stage he was standing on that night. According to an old advertisement The Forum posted on Facebook, on January 22, 1968, Franklin performed the first ever concert on their Los Angeles stage alongside a full orchestra for ticket prices ranging from $3.50 up to $6.50.
On this date in 1968, Aretha Franklin played the very first concert ever at the #FabulousForum. Check out this vintage Los Angeles Times ad that promoted the show. #FlashbackFriday
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Feeling the effortless power that rang from Franklin’s voice that night 50 years ago, country singer Stapleton said to the audience, “She is the greatest singer that ever lived…and ever will live.” He launched into the song with the help of a talented band consisting of bassist JT Cure, drummer Derek Mixon, guitarist Dave Cobb, and Mickey Raphael on the harmonica that ended with Stapleton taking on a guitar solo, punctuating the captivating, soulful melody.
“Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” was named one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and for good reason. In addition to the vocal opportunity to belt and emote, the lyrics themselves are packed with weight as a call to respect women and remember the Golden Rule.
“She’s not just a plaything/She’s flesh and blood just like her man/If you want a do-right-all-day woman (woman)/You’ve got to be a do-right-all-night man (man),” the lyrics written by Chips Moman and Dan Penn read.
Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton continues on his All American Road Show Tour supporting From A Room: Volume 2 through November. This year, he took home three Grammy Awards for best Country Album, Country Solo Performance and Country Song for “Broken Halos.”