“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.”

I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.

Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I’m happy with that.


I’m the lady next door when I’m not on stage.

aretha_tumblSinger/songwriter/musician Aretha Franklin poses with choreographer Charles ‘Cholly Atkins’ (1961) [Photograph Credit Frank Driggs].


It’s hard. When you love food, and when you’ve done a high energy concert, you know, a carrot is not gonna work.

aretha franklin photoAretha and producer Jerry Wexler

aretha_ray_jazzrelectionsAretha and Ray
courtesy of Jazz Reflections

The brother that gets me is going to get one hell of a fabulous woman.




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