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?