In Memory of the Queen of Soul

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:

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