It’s an honor to share a birthday with The Queen Of Soul, who would be celebrating her 79th today. Aretha Franklin is "ranked first among female vocalists with the most Billboard chart hits during the rock era (1955–2012) with a total of 88 according to Joel Whitburn’s Record Research," according to Wikipedia. Maybe my favorite of her recordings is her treatment of Bacharach/David’s "I Say A Little Prayer," which was released in 1968 as the B side to "The House That Jack Built." Radio stations started playing "Prayer" as interest in "Jack" waned, and reached #10 on the Hot 100, #3 on the R&B chart, #3 in The Netherlands, #4 in the UK, #7 in Belgium and #8 in Australia. 49Metal, who posted this to YouTube, calls it "her best performance, ever!" After hearing it, I agreed, and hope you will, too.