That's 'Retha Franklin
She don't remember
The Queen of Soul
The above lyrics are from Steely Dan's classic song "Hey 19." The guy is involved with a younger woman and wondering what they have on common. She doesn't even know Aretha.
That's something my generation and the next and the next didn't think about. We knew Aretha. We loved the Queen of Soul. There was never any question of who deserved that title. She was the one! She was the only one!
Aretha Franklin had a big sound. She also had a big life. She was called and had a reputation as a Diva. Much of it was deserved. But when you heard her sing, you forgot all about that reputation. You were engrossed in the songs and her voice. You knew you were watching something special.
I've picked out four moments. These are four performances that I'll always think of when I remember Aretha Franklin:
Rest easy, Aretha. We'll always remember the Queen of Soul.
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