It can’t have been easy to be a female soul or R&B singer in the ’60s. You were automatically compared to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Talk about throwing shade! That’s a challenge that was almost impossible to rise to in those days. Hell, it’s still impossible today.
So what if you were a woman trying to make a career in those days, and your one hit record became known as the greatest Aretha Franklin record that Aretha never made. On the one hand, you could take it as a compliment. On the other, if you were seeking to establish your own identity as a performer, it had to be frustrating. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Fontella Bass.