Aretha Franklin had duet hits with George Michael and Annie Lennox later in her own career. But she only played piano being a guest musician on a single album.
The album was Sam Moore’s solo record called “Plenty Good Lovin.” It had become built in 1972 by Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records. King Curtis was the producer. Aretha played piano.
For many different reasons, the album wasn’t released. It entered the Atlantic vault. Whenever it finally was freed in 2000, “Plenty Good Lovin” received four star reviews everywhere.
Moore has a long friendship while using the Franklin family. He was instructed to sing at Aretha’s sister Erma’s funeral. Aretha and Sam were the previous surviving folks the truly amazing Atlantic Records R&B family. These people were huge admirers of each other. In 1983, Aretha won a Grammy for covering Sam & Dave’s “Hold on tight I’m Coming.” In 2006, Sam returned the favor as he covered “Don’t Play That Song in my opinion.”
They last saw one at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015, when Aretha wowed the target audience with “Natural Woman.”
Today, Sam, who turns 83 in October, said: “Aretha Franklin and that i were friends and label mates over sixty years. I adored her so i know which feelings were mutual. While I’m heartbroken that she’s gone I understand she’s in the Lord’s arms and she’s not experiencing discomfort or suffering anymore on the damn cancer that took her far from us. I’m going to hope, pray and depend upon the fact that Let me see her again sometime. Rest in the Lord’s arms in love, Re.”