(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman: Aretha Franklin; Carole King; awards and honors with Aretha and Carole

Tim's Cover Story

Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018.  She was a giant in the music industry, and one of our greatest artists.  It would be impossible to summarize all of the contributions made by Aretha to our music and culture.  In honor of Aretha Franklin’s genius, we are re-posting our blog that originally appeared on May 10, 2016.

That post featured the song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.  It contains two performances that were important indicators of her greatness.  The first was Aretha’s  inclusion in the VH1 TV special Divas Live 1998.  The second was her appearance at the 2015 Kennedy Honors celebration, where Carole King was one of the honorees.  If you ever asked yourself the question, “Why is Aretha Franklin acknowledged as the Queen of Soul?” these performances should provide the answer.

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About Tim Londergan

Tim Londergan is professor emeritus of theoretical physics at Indiana University-Bloomington. He studies the properties of the quarks and gluons that form the internal structure of protons and neutrons. He also writes a blog "Tim's Cover Story" that compares covers of important songs in rock music history. From 2002 to 2018, he and his wife shared their college-town experiences with two delightful cats, siblings Lewis and Clark, who enormously enriched their lives. Together with his colleague Steven Vigdor, Tim is co-author of a blog "Debunking Denial," that discusses the difference between skepticism and denial as manifested in various current issues. He is also co-founder of "Concerned Scientists of Indiana University," a group that supports evidence-based science, funding for science research, and policies based on the best available scientific information. His hobbies include tennis and ornithology, and he is a life-long fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
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