The Queen of Soul stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman last night to perform Adele's hit "Rolling In The Deep". The song is one of many that will be featured on Miss Franklin's new album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics slated for release in October.
Did anyone tell Miss Cissy what exactly was to be expected of her in this performance? She obviously wasn't aware that she was suppose to sing but I'm going to respect my elders here. But what I didn't know until today was that Cissy sang back up for Aretha from 1966-1969. Hell, all the background vocalist on that stage were notable.
Cissy sang back up on all of Aretha’s hits in the 1966-69 Jerry Wexler era, especially on “Ain’t No Way.” Then there was Vaneese Thomas, daughter of Rufus, sister of Carla, a recording artist in her own right. Rev. C. L. Franklin married Vaneese’s parents to each other. Let’s not leave out Fonzie Thornton, premiere singer, originally with Chic and Luther Vandross, of the great “unsung” singers in the world. Source
Anywho, today Adele smiles the smile of a thousand soul singers because as of last night an honor was bestowed upon her that one would assume she never could have imagined.