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Celebrating: Donny Hathaway

on February 25, 2022 - 4:23pm

By the time Donny Hathaway signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1969, a deep-rooted musical foundation was already set in-place. As a skilled pianist, jazz musician, and a session producer at Curtom Records, his gift lent itself to the arrangements of a whole host of classics. Once he embarked on his solo musical endeavors, his legacy and imprint on the ‘70s seemed simply predestined.

Donny cultivated a deep discography of larger-than-life soul hits throughout his career, always seeming to make instrumentation and the voice merge as one smooth take. Pair together his

Celebrating: Otis Redding

on February 15, 2022 - 1:06pm

Within the first 30 seconds of Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness,” weariness appears as a motif. It’s invoked through both the track’s lyrics and Redding’s classic croon. It’s no blanket of blues, though; this theme is picked up, pumped up and paraded over a band like only the King of Soul could have managed.

This is the driving force behind any track by the Georgia-grown visionary and entertainer — Otis’ live-theatrical sensibility remained within every verse and hook he sang. It was this ability to perform within and around the voice — practically, within the structures of Soul music

Celebrating: Aretha Franklin

on February 7, 2022 - 11:22am

Far before Aretha Franklin first joined the Atlantic Records family in 1967, far before “Respect," her star soared.

Known among industry titans and peers as one of the foremost upcoming Gospel acts, it was her early dedication and care to the craft that destined her for greatness beyond the records, on a truly global level.

At a young age, Aretha advocated for Black liberation through action. Her early days touring alongside Harry Belafonte for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw her using more than just her voice to amplify a message of political and social change.

Atlantic Records Celebrates: Black History Month

on February 4, 2021 - 7:11pm

Happy Black History Month! This month is an unapologetic celebration and time of reflection on black culture and historical figures who left their mark on the world. Black history IS American history. Let’s continue today, and everyday, to honor it, learn about it, and recognize the important contribution of it.

Experience the diversity of black music featuring songs from Roddy Ricch, Missy Elliott, Aretha Franklin and more on our Black History Month Playlist:


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