Author name: Bill Janovitz


They will be discussing Aretha Franklin’s seminal Amazing Grace LP today on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook. (Lots of info and clips there, check it out.) It reminded me of my old 2009 post about the same record, specifically her performance of the song, “Precious Memories,” here.


In the summer of 1987, when I was 21, I got to see Johnnie Ray at a tiny little dump called Cozy Morley’s Club Avalon in Wildwood New Jersey. He was close enough to us that his sweat rained down on us. And sweat he did. The cat really brought it, much to the delight …

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