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Aretha Franklin / Laughing On The Outside ‎(US, mono, Columbia, CL 2079) <August 12, 1963>

Aretha Franklin / Laughing On The Outside ‎(US, mono, Columbia, CL 2079) <August 12, 1963>
(Side 1) XLP-75207-1C
(Side 2) XLP-75208-1C

1963年のアレサ4作目です。「顔で笑って心で泣く」ということわざがありますが、それをそのまま英訳したようなタイトルですね。同じ人間ですから、洋の東西を問わず同じような表現があっても不思議ではありませんけど。タイトル曲はごく普通のストリングスをバックにしたジャズ色の強いアプローチですが、後半の爆発感がソウルフルです。

"Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)" is a popular song written by Bernie Wayne, the lyrics by Ben Raleigh. The song was published in 1946. Aretha Sings the Blues is a 1980 compilation of previously released Aretha Franklin recordings from Aretha's early 1960s tenure with Columbia Records.

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer and songwriter. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think". By the end of the 1960s she had gained the title "The Queen of Soul".

Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart's history.

Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted and Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with her part in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers and with the albums Jump to It (1982) and Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985).

In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria "Nessun dorma", at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with "A Rose Is Still a Rose".

Franklin's other popular and well known hits include "Rock Steady", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", "Chain Of Fools", "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", "Something He Can Feel", "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael), and a remake of The Rolling Stones song "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

On August 13, 2018, Franklin was reported to be gravely ill at her home near Detroit. She was reported to be under hospice care and surrounded by friends and family. Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson, among others, had visited her. Franklin died at home in Detroit on August 16, aged 76. The cause was reported to be advanced pancreatic cancer.

Laughing On The Outside

The crowd sees me out dancing
Carefree and romancing
Oh, I'm happy with my someone new

I'm laughing on the outside
Crying on the inside
'Cause I'm still in love with you

They see me night and daytime
Oh, I'm having such a gay time
But they don't know what I go through

I'm laughing on the outside
Crying on the inside
'Cause I'm still in love with you

No one knows, it's just a pose
Pretending I'm glad we're apart
And when I cry, my eyes are dry
Oh, the tears are in my heart

So darling, can't we make up?
Ever, ever since our breakup
Make believe is all I do

I'm laughing on the outside
Crying on the inside
'Cause I'm still in love with you

I'm still laughing on the outside
But everyday I'm crying on the inside
Because I'm still, still in love with you

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