Rev. C.L. Franklin: The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest (1953)

 |   |  <1 min read

Rev. C.L. Franklin: The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest (1953)

The Reverend C.L. Franklin has been mentioned previously at Elsewhere, but only in regard to his daughter Aretha.

But Clarence LaVaughn Franklin (1915-94) deserves a mention here in his own right because dozens of his powerful, metaphorical and musical sermons in Detroit were recorded by Chess . . . and he was a man who loved jazz and r'n'b. He was quite a charismatic figure who had been busted for marijuana and enjoyed a good party.

You gotta sin to get saved, as they say.

His wife walked out on him and their five children when Aretha was only six and in later life Aretha never spoke of what her family life had been like. Some said the fact her father pushed her to perform at such a young age (her first album was a live recording in the church when she was 14) was exploitive.

But he also supported her when his congregation complained that she had abandoned the church for secular music. We know, of course, she never really did.

But the Rev himself could also preach up a fiery, rhythmical sermon such as this. And you get to interpret the meaning of it all for yourself as it goes on.

Until he tells you at the end what he means.

Tell it, tell it. 

For other one-off songs with a bit of history or an interesting back-story see From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Nina Simone: Backlash Blues (1967)

Nina Simone: Backlash Blues (1967)

Nina Simone was a rare one: she was classically trained, a political activist, furiously intolerant and increasingly strange and self-serving as her life rolled on. And that's just the broad... > Read more

Karen Dalton: God Bless the Child (1966)

Karen Dalton: God Bless the Child (1966)

The new wave of folk artists have belately come to Karen Dalton, who palled around in Greenwich Village in the early Sixties with the likes of the young Bob Dylan (who was hugely impressed with her... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE NEW SOUNDS OF AOTEAROA: The finalists for the Maioha Awards at the 2013 Apra Silver Scroll

THE NEW SOUNDS OF AOTEAROA: The finalists for the Maioha Awards at the 2013 Apra Silver Scroll

New Zealand's annual APRA Silver Scroll awards, held this year at Vector Arena in Auckland on Tuesday October 15, acknowledge the strength and diversity of New Zealand songwriters, but also include... > Read more

OKKERVIL RIVER. AN UPDATE (2014): Watching the river flow

OKKERVIL RIVER. AN UPDATE (2014): Watching the river flow

One of the most interesting and unexpected albums recently came from the emotionally damaged Roky Erickson – formerly of 60s psychedelic Texas rockers Thirteenth Floor Elevators –... > Read more