Her incandescent voice, with its bell-clear timbre and wise-beyond-her-years authority, and stylish piano playing were already well-formed. Still, there was much to refine. Her soul queendom at Atlantic Records, where she famously spelled "respect" and broke down its meaning for the Civil Rights generation, was seven years away. But in , her talent glinting with beautiful complexities, Aretha wasn't an easy sell to record buyers.
Patti Page and Dinah Washington were the standards of the moment, and Aretha's intense, highly improvisational style was hard to peg. Plus, she was somewhat aloof and enigmatic. In rare TV appearances from the era, she seemed uncomfortable and awkward after her song was done.
She granted few interviews. If she were entering today's personality-driven pop world, with its Instagram surveillance and constant stream of manufactured media buzz, the moody daughter of the respected Rev. Franklin probably wouldn't make it past the front door of any major label. Her reluctance to open up about anything, her artistry included, and her lack of razzle-dazzle charisma onstage would make her a marketing nightmare these days - or a dismissed contestant on TV talent shows.
Doug Mills, Associated Press. Steven Senne, Associated Press. Mel Evans, Associated Press. Franklin was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree. Evan Richman, Boston Globe. Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press. David P. Gilkey, Detroit Free Press. The two will perform the national anthem prior to the start of Super Bowl XL. Chip Somodevilla, Detroit Free Press. Live in May in Los Angeles. Matt Sayles, Invision, AP. Aretha Franklin warns her husband Matt Murphy to "think," about the consequences of his actions in a scene from the movie "The Blues Brothers" Universal Studios.
Susan Tusa, Detroit Free Press. Aretha Franklin sings up a storm at her home in suburban Detroit with Diane Sawyer and weather forecaster Tony Perkins -- who tried to be her backup singers -- on Good Morning America in May Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press. Aretha Franklin and Oprah Winfrey acknowledge fans during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," in May in Chicago.
Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press. Daymon Hartley , Detroit Free Press. Kathy Willens, Associated Press. Kevin Winter, Getty Images. About guests attended; among the entertainers was Peabo Bryson. Location: Manhasset, New York.
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