smokindick:

aretha franklin
arethalouisefranklin:


Aretha (far right) with Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan and Roberta Flack performing the “We Love You” medley in tribute to Duke Ellington in 1973
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Eleanor Rigby
Aretha Franklin · This Girl's In Love With You
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arethalouisefranklin:

Aretha Franklin - Eleanor Rigby

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Ain't No Way
Aretha Franklin
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pinkrobotboogaloo:

ain’t no way / aretha franklin

ebonyeyes1984:

Aretha Franklin in her billiard room, 1974.
Aretha Franklin performing on stage in 1969.
klovers:

A Word From The Wise: 
“If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling. Not two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music, or it isn’t music.” - Billie Holiday
“When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulders and I wouldn’t notice.” - Sarah Vaughan
“The only time that I am really truly happy, when I feel my best, is when I’m on stage.” - Etta James
“Everything that happened to me as a child involved music. It was apart of everyday life, as automatic as breathing.” - Nina Simone
“Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible, the gift God gave me to use. I’m happy with that.” - Aretha Franklin 
“I am always aware that there’s an audience out there, and as a performer, I have to make a warm connection. People want to see as song as well as hear it.” - Nancy Wilson
“I’ve been happily married to my profession for years.” - Shirley Bassey
“I do not have an act, I just do Eartha Kitt. I want to be whoever Eartha Kitt is until the gods take me wherever they take me.” - Eartha Kitt
arethalouisefranklin:

Aretha and a bunch of other foxy mamas, 1972
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