“Jerry [Wexler] had very clear ideas about the direction he wanted me to go in,” says Franklin of the Atlantic Records producer.
Aretha Franklin on The...
Aretha Franklin on The Andy Williams Show in 1969.
Aretha Franklin (center) with her fat...
Aretha Franklin (center) with her father C.L. Franklin and sister Carolyn in 1971.
Clove Davis photographed with the sin...
Clove Davis photographed with the singer at her Beverly Hills home in 1981.
Franklin, with Keith Richards (left) ...
Franklin, with Keith Richards (left) and Ron Wood, performed “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” for the soundtrack to a movie of the same name in 1986.
Producer-arranger Narada Michael Wald...
Producer-arranger Narada Michael Walden, Franklin and Whitney Houston recorded "It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Gonna Be Me” in 1989 in Detroit.
Franklin and Rod Stewart rehearse for...
Franklin and Rod Stewart rehearse for a 1993 benefit concert to support the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.
Actress Dyan Cannon, Franklin and Opr...
Actress Dyan Cannon, Franklin and Oprah Winfrey (from left) at Radio City Music Hall in New York in 1991.
President Bill Clinton and first lady...
President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton presented Franklin the National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award in 1999 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
Tthe hat Franklin wore to sing at Pre...
Tthe hat Franklin wore to sing at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009 is now in the Smithsonian Museum.
“They’ve got the Internet and soc...
“They’ve got the Internet and social media — everything that we didn’t have,” says Franklin of younger artists. Clockwise from top: at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music event with (from left) Jessie J, Swift, Grande, Menzel, Williams and Charli XCX.
“She’s the greatest singer of the...
“She’s the greatest singer of the 20th century,” says Clive Davis, who attended Franklin’s performance at the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2015.