Happy Birthday, Berry Gordy! 🎂
Berry is the founder of legendary Motown Records and was lifelong friends with the Queen of Soul.
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Here's Aretha looking chic and cozy in fur at the Hollywood Christmas Parade on this day in 1978.
As you enjoy the autumn breeze and fall leaves, let the Queen of Soul serenade you: Aretha.lnk.to/TGILWY
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Pictured is a 24-year-old Aretha signing her contract with Atlantic Records on this day in 1966.
The rest, as they say, is history.
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James later shared that it was a dream to have the Queen of Soul sing one of his songs, "Shed a Little Light," as a duet that evening.
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""...to me, Aretha Franklin was really the top, the best. She was one of those people who opened her mouth and out came brilliance." -James Taylor
Pictured are James Taylor and Aretha performing at Bill Clinton's inaugural gala in 1997...
the Queen of Soul." -NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS, November 1974
This concert review was from her iconic performance at the Radio City Music Hall in NY on this day in 1974.
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"Aretha plowing through with that good gospel spirit just like she never left. The standing ovation at the end means she hasn't left. Standing ovations at 3 a.m. are rare indeed. But as Aretha disappears behind the curtain, no one is wondering why she is called...
During his memorial service this week in 2012, Aretha remembered her dear friend and legendary boxing trainer, Emanuel Steward. She also sang the moving tune, "I'll Fly Away," in his memory. 🕊️
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"[Emanuel Steward] had a million-dollar smile you couldn't deny. I'm so glad he made the Kronk Gym what it was, helping countless young boys become men and many amateurs become champions." -Aretha Franklin
Happy Birthday, Whoopie Goldberg! 🎂
Whoopie and Aretha were close friends for decades, always each other's number one fans. Aretha even wrote “Pride (A Deeper Love)” for Whoopi’s movie SISTER ACT 2...z
"The definitive female soul singer of the '60s, a symbol of black pride, and one of the most influential voices in the history of popular music..." -PBS
The '60s was one of Aretha's favorite eras musically; with big swinging bands and soul music becoming more mainstream...
"Battle Notes: Music of the Vietnam War," wrote that Aretha's "music became as essential a part of field kits as C-rations and morphine."
Here's some music from the Queen of Soul in honor of all our veterans today: Aretha.lnk.to/Essentials
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Today we remember the great service and sacrifice our veterans have made for the nation. 🇺🇸
Did you know tha#Arethaha was often thanked by Vietnam vets for her music, sharing that it helped them cope with the stresses of war? Lee Anderson, writer of..yM
This award was given in recognition of Aretha's impact on shaping the nation's artistic and cultural heritage and revolutionizing American music.
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Enjoy this gorgeous cover of "You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman)" by TikTok user Jacotene. Who thinks "singing tunes in the car" should become a regular series? 🚙🎶
Give an Aretha tune your best shot and tag this account for a chance to be featured next!#ArethaFrankliniDF
"On November 7, 2017, Aretha Franklin was part of the musical lineup at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine for the 25th-anniversary gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. A-listers like Billy Joel, Keke Palmer, and John’s longtime creative partner Bernie Taupin...
"Aretha was a singer with power and precision who could ad-lib on a melody like nobody else, give a lyric new meanings, make time flow in impossible ways, and put a tear in your eye at the drop of a dime."
-Charles Kronengold, Stanford's musicologist
They became friends while working together in the studio and celebrated each other's successes throughout their careers.
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Happy Birthday, Sean Combs! 🎂
@Diddyy was thrilled when Aretha invited him to collaborate on A ROSE IS STILL A ROSE, with Sean acting as one of the producers. She always admired hip-hop music and rappers and was eager to have Sean's ear on this album...m
Rosa Parks will forever be remembered as the woman who helped lead the Montgomery bus boycott and whose courageous acts of protest invigorated the fight for racial equality.
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Today we remember the first lady of civil rights and the mother of the freedom movement, Miss Rosa Parks. 🕊️
On this day in 2005, Aretha sang "The Impossible Dream" during the funeral service of the civil rights activist...L
This month 54 years ago, Sammy introduced #ArethaFranklin onstage with these words. She shined on stage in a bright yellow gown, swaying gracefully with her trio as she sang “I Say A Little Prayer.”
Listen to this classic here 👼:Aretha.lnk.to/ISALPc
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"Soul, well, it’s being sung all over the world by millions of people of all races and colors. But, there is one lady here at home who stands head and shoulders above all the rest. Because very simply she doesn’t sing soul she is soul.” -#SammyDavisJr, November 1968
On this day in 2018, the Hard Rock Cafe Times Square in New York displayed Aretha's famous stage dress and accessories so fans could admire them in person.
Tweet back which Queen of Soul ensemble was your favorite!
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ARETHA was released on this day in 1986, and it includes her first #1 hit since her groundbreaking single, #Respect. The hit song, "Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," was recorded alongside George Michael and climbed BILLBOARD'S HOT 100 CHART...
"I met #ArethaFranklin when I was 9... They took me to a concert, and I remember watching her backstage with her fur and diamonds commanding the room like a boss.” -DJ Lisa Bodine, lifelong fan of Aretha
Were you lucky enough to attend a Queen of Soul concert?
"As for the future, I believe that soul music's firmly established in American music now. Without a doubt, it's become a valid form of American music."
-Aretha Franklin, October 1982
Soul music is here to stay 👑
Time for some #QueenOfSoul trivia!
Which famous rock star appeared in the AMAZING GRACE documentary? If you look closely, you can see him sitting in the back pews as #Aretha delivers her iconic live performance.
Head here to see if you got it right: Aretha.lnk.to/Trivia
"Christmas is so special for so many reasons. Each time it comes around, you hear very, very little on me. I'm not in the mix. ...There's nothing on Aretha. [I thought], 'Please, I've got to record some Christmas music.'" -Aretha Franklin
on stage and would later sing with her during President Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.
This photo of them was taken during the AMA's in 1976, where she was presented with the Favorite Female Soul Artist award by a young Michael Jackson.
Aretha was close with the Jackson family and once said during a concert that Michael was a "musical genius" and "a very kind and sensitive young man who never gave less than 150% when he hit the stage." The King of Pop grew up watching and listening to the Queen of Soul...
"The Sinatra duet was one that I really loved because it varied a little from the norm for me. [Frank Sinatra] always had the most impeccable, highest level of musicality and arrangement. So I just thrive in that."