Directed by Alan Elliot and Sydney Pollack
Aretha Franklin singing Gospel songs in a church.
She sings the songs, which became the album Amazing Grace, over two nights in 1972. On the second night, a pasty faced Mick Jagger turns up – he looks much healthier now, about half a century later – and the camera picks him out, clapping along with the congregation.
What to say? It is a religious experience, for sure. The congregation listen, clap, cry, sing along, dance. One or two people seem to faint.
Aretha herself is all emotion during the performance but quite calm – on the ball, professional – in between times. She is an artist.
Aretha’s performance of ‘Never Grow Old’ was way beyond wonderful. The audio can be heard on YouTube here.