Aretha Franklin is teaming up with PBS for a forthcoming special, titled ‘Aretha Franklin Presents Soul Rewind. Hosted by the Queen of Soul herself, the special offers an abundance of long-lost archival material that has been recovered from film vaults across the United States, England, Germany and France yielding a massive collection of R&B and popular music hits.
Prolific producer TJ Lubinsky’s latest installment of PBS’ popular “My Music” series represents the culmination of many years of research and planning that has led to the assemblage of the most comprehensive collection of rare performances by legendary R&B artists from the classic 1960s-1970s soul era culled from non-American TV sources in Germany, Japan and the UK.
Highlights include “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge, “Dancing” In The Street” by Martha & The Vandellas, “You Really Got A Hold On Me” by The Miracles, “Knock On Wood” by Eddie Floyd and many others from rare performances seen only overseas – until now.
Notes Lubinsky, “Being able to see the original artists perform their original hits in their prime from foreign countries is nothing less than mind-boggling. What a thrill it is to return to the roots and soul of American popular music in the ’60s – and to have these personal memories presented by the royalty of Aretha Franklin is such a tremendous honor.”
ARETHA FRANKLIN PRESENTS SOUL REWIND premieres July 31 on PBS and airs throughout August and September; check local listings for stations and times.