From Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA on Mar 6, 1971, here’s a rare video featuring two of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun’s best-loved signings – Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. “Spirit In The Dark” is taken from the Aretha Live at Fillmore West album that went gold quickly afterwards.
Line-up: King Curtis’s the Kingpins – with Jerry Jemmott on bass, Bernard Purdie on drums, Cornell Dupree on guitar, Truman Thomas on electric piano, Pancho Morales on congas, plus the Memphis Horns, backing vocals by The Sweethearts Of Soul (Brenda Bryant, Margaret Branch, Pat Smith). Special guest Billy Preston backed Aretha (and Ray!) on organ.