There’s nobody like Aretha, the Queen of Soul. She rocks, she wails, she croons, she scolds and pleads and she sings praises to the Lord in a voice that He gave only to her.
She was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the top-rated vocalist in Rolling Stones magazine’s Greatest Singers of All Time. And this week, of course, we learned that she is struggling with pancreatic cancer.
My favorite Aretha song is probably “Call Me,” but the versions posted on Youtube don’t do it justice and in most cases are marred by some unfortunate work by her background singers. But this is probably her signature number.
Ladies and gentlemen, Aretha: