"From the time that Dinah Washington first told me that Aretha was the ‘next one’ when she was 12 years old until the present day, Aretha Franklin set the bar upon which every female singer has and will be measured. And she did it with the professionalism, class, grace and humility that only a true Queen could.”
Aretha signed with Columbia with legendary talent scout John Hammond, who was at least partially responsible in discovering Billie Holiday, Count Basie, George Benson, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
The most transcendent artist to come out of the soul genre.
The High Priestess of Soul.
The King of Soul and Stax Records' greatest icon.
Soul music's unassuming everyman.
Revered contributor to gospel, soul, and funk music.
The Reverend Al
One of the greatest composers and performers of soul ever.
Writer, producer, performer and self-titled "Black Moses."
The epitome of Philly Soul.
The term covers subgenres like hard bop and free jazz.
Combines rhythm and blues and gospel music styles.
Soul gets high.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.