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Aretha Franklin Thrills The Sold Out Fox Theatre Monday Night




Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, performs “Higher and Higher” for a sold out crowd Monday night at the Fox Theatre.  Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Detroit on March 25, 1942. Although known as The Queen of Soul, Franklin is also adept at jazz, blues, R&B, gospel music, and rock. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Aretha atop its “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” list,as well as the ninth greatest artist of all time. She has won 18 competitive Grammys and two honorary Grammys. She has 20 No.1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and two No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Respect” (1967) and “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (1987), a duet with George Michael. Since 1961, she has scored a total of 45 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Between 1967 and 1982 she had 10 No.1 R&B albums—more than any other female artist. In 1987, Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston, Franklin’s goddaughter died in Beverly Hills from unknown causes. Aretha was devastated by her death and said it was “so stunning and unbelievable”. She planned to perform at the memorial service on February 18, but her representative claimed that “Aretha is ill and will not perform at the memorial service”. However, Aretha was well enough to perform at Radio City Music Hall mere hours after the funeral had taken place.

AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the event with his camera. Check out the photo gallery. What did you think of the show? What’s your favorite Aretha Franklin song?

(Photo Credit: Robb D. Cohen/  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit  Atlanta concert galleries.)  Follow Me On Facebook/ Robb Cohen Photography.

20 comments Add your comment

Debra G

March 6th, 2012
6:52 am

I was so fortunate to have seen the Queen of Soul perform last night. She looked good, sounded good, and even told a few good jokes. My favorite part of the evening was the performance of “Precious Memories.” The arrangement was just like the one on her album with James Cleveland and his choir. Long live the Queen!


March 6th, 2012
7:17 am

Aretha !!!! Awesome !


March 6th, 2012
7:17 am



karen martin

March 6th, 2012
7:53 am

great show and Aretha’s voice is still awesome. but, really wanted to hear Natural Woman or Chain of Fools. maybe next time


March 6th, 2012
8:28 am

Then what shall we Say,,,,It was a great performance. The Queen is the Queen! The tribute to Whitney Houston was touching….Precious Memories moved you right out of the seat and almost onto the floor “but” keep in mind the floor belonged to Rea and she worked it well. You “go” and live long because the Respect belongs to the Queen of Soul!


March 6th, 2012
8:40 am

Wow! How could Aretha do show without singing Chain of Fools, spanish Harlem and Until You Come back to Me?


March 6th, 2012
8:44 am

I enjoyed the show from start to end. Aretha has always been my favorite old school artist and she performed very well. My favorite was when she said I feel like shouting and she did and when she gave her testimony how her family prayed for her last year when she was very ill and God intervened and healed her. He still heals! Love you Aretha…job well done.


March 6th, 2012
8:55 am

I’m only 27 years old, but music is in my heart and it was an honor to hear Aretha Franklin last night, such a big fan, and Bishop Paul Morton did great as well, she is the queen, and I hope the young crowd took notes on a Legend.


March 6th, 2012
9:40 am

The show was absolutely wonderful. I am 41 and it was the first time I had ever seen The Queen of Soul live. Aretha Franklin has everything a great artist should. Her genre of music just blows me away. She is my favorite artist of all times. I am still ecstatic over last nights performance. A trust artist who has cultivated their craft knows that don’t have to sing every hit song you ever had. You make the show your own and blow it out the box. The arrangement and timing of the musics with the Aretha Franklin Orchestra was great. She covered all the basics of music from pop to jazz she even scatted a little. This is why she is the Queen of Soul. You can tell that her passion is music and especially playing the piano because when she sat at that piano it was like she didn’t want to get up. I absolutely loved last nights performance and I’m thinking about going to Mississippi to see here when she performs there later on this year. I love you Aretha Franklin for you are the Queen of Soul a title that you have earned and cultivated your craft around over the years. She is one of the Greats. God Bless you Rea

M Jordan

March 6th, 2012
10:53 am

The “Queen of Sho’ Nuff Soul and Everything Else” ROCKED the Fox! She is an awesome entertainer and proved why she is the Queen!


Freddie Mercury's spirit

March 6th, 2012
10:56 am

I thought I was THE QUEEN !

Aretha, I love you !


March 6th, 2012
8:20 pm

Awesome show! Ms. Franklin is definitely the “queen of soul”. I took my mom and she enjoyed the show as well. She especially enjoyed “Precious Memories”. Ms Franklin should consider recording this with Bishop Morton – I cried during this song because I remember my Mom playing the original recording from Ms Franklin years ago – oh the childhood memories are so precious! Thanks, Ms Franklin and we love you!


March 6th, 2012
8:51 pm

Thanks Lady A for your stellar job in the past two weeks of holding this country together with you strength. As for the FOX theater and the ATL- This is your house. Welcome back!


March 7th, 2012
12:14 am

I was there she did great. She is funny


March 7th, 2012
7:27 am

I feel like I have arrived now. I finally saw Aretha Franklin in concert what made it even more moving was having my 23 year old daughter there with me to enjoy it. Unbelievable. Aretha truly is the best!


March 7th, 2012
11:08 am

I have loved Aretha since I was a teenager. And now, after seeing this show, I love her more. She is such a great person, and has a fantastic way of getting into your heart. And my brother, Fred Nelson, did a great job with the music, as only he can. “Precious Memories” has to be the highlight of the show, although all of the songs were so well performed. But she turned us inside out with that song. I hope she will live to sing for another 69 years. We need that so badly.

Stephanie Williford

March 7th, 2012
12:12 pm

I was so excited to see Aretht; bought my tickets on presale and have been anticipating ever since. What a disappointment. It was probably the worst concert I have ever been to. I went to see the Queen of Soul, but all we got was Mistress of Mediocre.

Ben D

March 7th, 2012
5:31 pm

I feel so bad that Stephanie saw a totally different show than I did. I’ll start by admitting that I’ve never actually owned an Aretha album, so I don’t suppose anyone could call me a true fan of hers. I’ve always enjoyed her music, though, so when I was offered pretty good seats I decided I shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to see a legend. I wasn’t sure what to expect–she always seems so stiff and stoic when I’ve seen her on television, but when she’s in front of a real crowd who has come to hear her sing…well, she brings it! It’s been two days and I’m still thinking about her show–definitely one of the top ten best concerts I’ve ever seen. I may not have been a fan when I got there that night, but I sure was when I left. Too bad it didn’t turn out that way for everybody.


March 7th, 2012
9:39 pm

I feel like you Ben. You can take Ms. Franklin now or back in the day and she would beat the pants, opps I should say skirt off of any of today’s female singers. Even now, at close to 70 years old, Aretha is da badest thang on the planet. Back in the day Aretha was amazing to say the very least. Today, she’s an icon who is due and is owed the highest honors. She’s given her life to bringing musical joy to others. The concert was off da chain! All hail the Queen.

karen martin

March 8th, 2012
9:02 am

I agree with David and Ben. sure, I would have loved to hear Natural Woman, Chain of Fools, Who’s zoomin who. but, Aretha was great, she can still belt them out. loved her band too. by the way, if anyone here is on facebook and posted pics of the concert pls let me know? mine are kinda blurry, would love to see others. thanks