Remembering Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at age 76. This week, Jim and Greg celebrate the life and career of the legend. They'll discuss her discography, music, activism, and impact.

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Remembering Aretha Franklin

Aretha On Thursday, August 16, Aretha Franklin,“The Queen of Soul,”died at the age of 76 in Detroit, her hometown. As an 18-time Grammy recipient, the first woman to be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and one of the best-selling artists of all time, Franklin's achievements are staggering. But her legacy can't be quantified by mere numbers: Her remarkable discography—defined by that stunning four-octave voice—included songs that became anthems for social change. Gospel critic Anthony Heilbut once asserted that Franklin's role in the Civil Rights Movement was such that“a history of black America could well be divided into pre- and post-Aretha.”Jim and Greg trace her extraordinary career, from her start singing in Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church (where her father was a star preacher) to being signed with Columbia and Atlantic Records, to zeitgeist-defining performances at the 1998 Grammy Awards, Barack Obama's 2009 Presidential Inauguration, and the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors.

Featured Songs

  1. Aretha Franklin, Do Right Woman, Do Right Man, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You, Atlantic, 1967
  2. Aretha Franklin, Wholy Holy, Amazing Grace, Atlantic, 1972
  3. Aretha Franklin, Ain't No Way, Lady Soul, Atlantic, 1968
  4. The Soul Stirrers, Peace in the Valley, Peace In The Valley (single), Specialty, 1951
  5. Aretha Franklin, There is a Fountain Filled With Blood, Aretha Gospel, Geffen, 1991
  6. Aretha Franklin, Drown In My Own Tears, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You, Atlantic, 1967
  7. Aretha Franklin, Runnin' Out of Fools, Runnin' Out of Fools, Columbia, 1964
  8. Aretha Franklin, Soulville, Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington, Columbia, 1964
  9. Aretha Franklin, Lee Cross, Take a Look, Columbia, 1967
  10. Aretha Franklin, Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning, Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington, Columbia, 1964
  11. Aretha Franklin, Baby, I Love You, Aretha Arrives, Atlantic, 1967
  12. Aretha Franklin, While the Blood Runs Warm, Songs of Faith, JBV/Battle, 1956
  13. King Curtis, Memphis Soul Stew, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You, Atlantic, 1967
  14. Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You), Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul, Volt/Atco, 1965
  15. Aretha Franklin, People Get Ready, Aretha Now, Atlantic, 1968
  16. Aretha Franklin, Respect, Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul, Volt/Atco, 1965
  17. Otis Redding, Respect, Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul, Volt/Atco, 1965
  18. Aretha Franklin, Think, Aretha Now, Atlantic, 1968
  19. Aretha Franklin, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Lady Soul, Atlantic, 1968
  20. Aretha Franklin, Spirit in the Dark, Spirit in the Dark, Atlantic, 1970
  21. Aretha Franklin, Bridge Over Troubled Water (Live), Aretha Live at Fillmore West, Atlantic, 1971
  22. Aretha Franklin, Nessun Dorma (Live at the 1998 Grammy Awards), Jewels In The Crown: All Star Duets With The Queen, Arista, 2007
  23. Aretha Franklin, Surely God Is Able (Live), One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, Arista, 1987
  24. Aretha Franklin, Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do), Let Me in Your Life, Atlantic, 1974
  25. Aretha Franklin, Climbing Higher Mountains, Amazing Grace, Atlantic, 1972
  26. Aretha Franklin, Mary, Don't You Weep, Amazing Grace, Atlantic, 1972
  27. The Rolling Stones, Shine a Light, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972
  28. Aretha Franklin, You'll Never Walk Alone, Amazing Grace, Atlantic, 1972
  29. The Staple Singers, I'll Take You There, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself, Stax, 1972
  30. Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace, Amazing Grace, Atlantic, 1972
  31. Aretha Franklin, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Amazing Grace, Atlantic, 1972
  32. Aretha Franklin, Young, Gifted and Black, Young, Gifted and Black, Atlantic, 1972
  33. Roxy Music, End of the Line, Siren, Atco, 1975
  34. Roxy Music, Re-Make/Re-Model, Roxy Music, Reprise, Atco, 1972
  35. Roxy Music, The Bob (Medley), Roxy Music, Reprise, Atco, 1972
  36. Roxy Music, Ladytron, Roxy Music, Reprise, Atco, 1972
  37. Roxy Music, Avalon, Avalon, E.G. Records/Polydor, 1982