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Aretha Franklin

With her inimitable fusion of grace and grit, Aretha Franklin was the definition of soul music. The daughter of renowned Detroit preacher C.L. Franklin, Aretha could testify with all the liberating joy of her gospel roots. She could ache with the sadness of a singer who truly felt the blues, and swi ...

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With her inimitable fusion of grace and grit, Aretha Franklin was the definition of soul music. The daughter of renowned Detroit preacher C.L. Franklin, Aretha could testify with all the liberating joy of her gospel roots. She could ache with the sadness of a singer who truly felt the blues, and swing with a playfulness to match her jazz heroes. After nearly a decade honing what would become her singular voice, Franklin—who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942—brought a blast of black-and-proud empowerment to the pop charts at the peak of the civil rights era, using the hard-driving grooves of Alabama studio-session legends the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section to counter Motown’s slick crossover sound. Though rarely straying long from gospel in the decades that followed, Franklin made the brassy 1967 anthem “Respect” her calling card and evolved alongside soul itself, gliding from assertive funk jams to hushed quiet-storm ballads to synth-coated pop hits on 1985's Who’s Zoomin’ Who?. Whether her powerful interpretation of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” or her surprise, show-stopping performance of Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” at the 1998 Grammy Awards, nothing captured Franklin’s range like her trove of covers, which were often so deeply felt that she all but reclaimed them as her own.

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Aretha Franklin - Respect

Respect

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - I Say a Little Prayer

I Say a Little Prayer

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools

Chain of Fools

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - Respect

Respect

  I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (Mono)

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Aretha Franklin - Think

Think

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - Nessun Dorma

Nessun Dorma

  Jewels In the Crown: All Star Duets With the Queen

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Aretha Franklin - Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)

Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady

Rock Steady

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

  Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998

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Aretha Franklin - Freeway of Love

Freeway of Love

  Who's Zoomin' Who?

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Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady

Rock Steady

  Soul Queen

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Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

  Ladies & Gentlemen

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Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

  Love Songs

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Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools

Chain of Fools

  Soul Queen

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Aretha Franklin - Day Dreaming

Day Dreaming

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - Ain't No Way

Ain't No Way

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Bridge Over Troubled Water

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - You're All I Need to Get By

You're All I Need to Get By

  30 Greatest Hits

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Aretha Franklin - Think (feat. The Blues Brothers)

Think (feat. The Blues Brothers)

  The Blues Brothers (Original Soundtrack Recording)

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Aretha Franklin - Nessum Dorma (Live)

Nessum Dorma (Live)

  Divas Live: The One and Only

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Aretha Franklin - Son of a Preacher Man

Son of a Preacher Man

  This Girl's In Love With You

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Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools

Chain of Fools

  Lady Soul

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Aretha Franklin - You Send Me

You Send Me

  Aretha Now

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