RIP Aretha Franklin

image of Aretha Franklin singing at President Obama's inauguration
Aretha Franklin at President Obama's inauguration, Jan. 20, 2009.
[Photo: Cecilio Ricardo | U.S. Air Force]

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has died at age 76. Her New York Times obituary is here: "When Ms. Franklin sang 'Respect,' the Otis Redding song that became her signature, it was never just about how a woman wanted to be greeted by a spouse coming home from work. It was a demand for equality and freedom and a harbinger of feminism, carried by a voice that would accept nothing less."

Trying to pick a favorite Aretha Franklin song seems impossible, but I really, really love "Think." The version from the Blues Brothers is amazing.

That voice. There will never be another like it.

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