Quand Aretha Franklin émouvait aux larmes Barack Obama (vidéo)

17 Août, 2018, 19:08 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Aretha Franklin en concert la Maison Blanche à Washington le 6 decembre 2013- AFP  Archives

Dans la biographie Respect, commandée puis décriée par Aretha Franklin parce qu'il y rapporte qu'elle aurait souffert d'une addiction au sexe, David Ritz explique que quand Ted White, alors mari et manager de la reine de la soul, avait présenté Dr Feelgood au producteur Jerry Wexler d'Atlantic Records, celui-ci lui aurait répliqué que c'était "fabuleux, dans la tradition blues de Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington, des femmes demandant d'être satisfaites sexuellement".

L'église New Bethel Church où la chanteuse a fait ses débuts, dans la principale ville du Michigan.

"J'ai le coeur brisé", confie à l'AFP Jerome Greear, en larmes. L'homme de 53 ans, ingénieur du son, est venu avec sa mère Joyce, qui était au lycée avec Aretha Franklin. Mais Hammond échoue à faire éclore la voix d'Aretha, il veut d'abord en faire une chanteuse de jazz, les résultats ne sont pas à la hauteur. J'ai vu son ascension. C'est son attaché de presse qui a annoncé la nouvelle, confirmée par la famille de l'artiste.

"Représentante majeure" de la musique noire-américaine. La chanteuse soul française réagissait à la mort d'Aretha Franklin, décédée la veille. Si ses tubes et son engagement ont marqué l'histoire américaine, ses prestations resteront, elles aussi, gravées dans les mémoires.

Dans la suite de ce communiqué, la famille d'Aretha Franklin ajoute: "C'est l'un des moments les plus sombres de nos vies, nous sommes incapables de trouver les mots pour exprimer notre peine".

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Le président Donald Trump a salué sur Twitter "une femme exceptionnelle qui a bénéficié d'un merveilleux bienfait de Dieu, sa voix".

La Reine de la Soul avait chanté pour les investitures de Bill Clinton et Barack Obama, et les deux anciens présidents démocrates ne l'ont évidemment pas oublié.

La disparition d'Aretha Franklin, qui avait également chanté pour l'investiture de Barack Obama, a aussi été suivie de nombreuses réactions dans le monde de la musique. Outre ses immenses succès, elle laisse surtout derrière elle quatre garçons, âgés de 63 à 48 ans. Vêtu d'un manteau de fourrure, Aretha Franklin a interprété " I Dreamed a Dream", sa propre version de la célèbre chanson des Misérables sortie sur son album What You See is What You Sweat en 1991.

" Aretha est la reine du soul". Elle gagne ses premières récompenses en 1967 grâce au titre Respect. "On restait dans la non-violence, mais on était en même temps dans une affirmation très forte", analyse Sébastien Danchin, qui s'attend à des funérailles à la hauteur de sa réputation.

C'est une des plus grandes voix de la musique américaine qui s'est éteinte, ce jeudi 16 août.

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