Aretha Franklin last night in Louisville
The Queen was on fire!!!! Though she didn't play some obvious joints (Natural Woman and Rock Steady), she came off on Sparkle, Chain Of Fools & Respect.The highlight of the day was changing out with HB Barnum who actually heard of Soul Strutt (?!?!?!?) and claimed Mike Vague as being the one person who was very cool with him and has helped him find even audio copies of some stuff. Even pointed out that Mike brought records to his attention that he didn't remember making - which isn't a surprise, but still cool nonetheless.The scoop is his America the Beautiful LP. He pressed 150,000 + copies of the record becasue he had a friend in DC who was supposed to set up booths during the Bicentenial celebration 4th of July weekend. He got all of them pressed and to DC by July 1, but when he got there, he found out his friend didn't have anything set up so he brought them back to LA. He started selling them thru mail order in 76 (mentioned he sold many copies to the Michigan State University Campus Record Store), but his wharehouse that he kept the records were vandalized and some 50,000 plus copies were destroyed!!!! To add insult to injury, he was fined by the city for the mess. Though I would never hunt down an artist, it was quite cool talking to him about his music (claims to have hundereds of Elvis live shows on tape and is in the process of transferring that as well as all his other records onto DVD).