Aretha Franklin: Video Resources

Aretha Franklin has always been a powerful performer.  Below you can take a look at her charisma in dynamic concerts as well as in intimate performances.

Click on each still to watch the corresponding clip.

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"Respect"

In this exhuberant 1968 performance, Aretha embodies soul music perfectly.  The call and response between Aretha and her backup singers, her melismatic delivery, the blaring horns and other instruments all work to create an enviable sound that established Aretha as the preeminant soul singer.

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"Say a Little Prayer" 

Aretha performs the Burt Bacharach classic on the British Cliff Richard Show in 1970. Notice her artful pauses and rests that add drama to an otherwise straight forward song. Aretha masterfully calls and responds to her backing chorus with effortless ease.

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"Ooh Baby Baby"

Aretha Franklin joins Smokey Robinson on Don Cornelius' Soul Train on December 1, 1979 to sing the lovely song, "Ooh Baby Baby."  Aretha's piano skills shine here, and the gorgeous harmononies between the two artists are exquisite. 

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"Bridge Over Troubled Water"

In this soulful rendition of the Simon and Garfunkle classic, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at a Clive Davis event in the early 1990s, Aretha showcases her impeccable piano skills, weaving thick, jazzy chords seamlessly into the familiar melody. Her backup singers belt rich gospel harmonies that completely change the character of the traditionally folksy song and the call and response between them and Aretha is reminiscent of the church. Aretha's voice sails above the whole mix with soulful precision.

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