The late, great Aretha Franklin, who, until her death on Thursday was perhaps the world’s greatest living singer, was the undisputed Queen of Soul, but she was a master of many genres.
She grew up singing gospel:
Her early albums were jazz standards:
She did the original version of the unabashedly sensual “Something He Can Feel”:
She covered folk legends Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Waters”:
She topped the charts with 80’s pop
She dabbled in hip-hop:
And perhaps her most famous live performance was the improbably soulful reconstruction of classic Italian opera she did on scant moment’s notice at the 1998 Grammy’s: