Put On A Fancy Hat And Sing ‘America’ For Aretha Franklin’s Birthday

Put On A Fancy Hat And Sing 'America' For Aretha Franklin's Birthday

What can we say about Aretha Franklin? It’s her birthday! Queen of Soul! We can tell you that if you don’t already own a heaping helping of her records, you should clicky clicky on over to Amazon and pick up Rhino’s fantastic box set, The Queen of Soul which has five CDs of Aretha goodness for a whopping $29.

You should also probably just take your afternoon off and watch Aretha videos. We’re going to help you with that by reminding you that there isn’t a Democratic president in the last 35 years that Aretha didn’t sing at the inauguration for. Sadly, that is only three presidents in those 35 years, but that’s not Aretha’s fault, that is your fault, America.


She sang “God Bless America” for Jimmy Carter.

She sang “I Dreamed A Dream” for the Big Dog Bill Clinton.

And of course, she and her hat sang “America” for Bamz.

But let’s talk about her REALLY important performances, like “Think,” in Blues Brothers, OF COURSE.

And the best, most important, most ultimate, most spectacular performance of all: singing “Respect” to Rodney Dangerfield while he dances around in animal prints and gold lame pants. If you watch only one video today, make this this one.

You’re welcome.

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