Aretha Franklin to Retire: 5 of Our Favourite Queen of Soul Performances
The Queen of Soul is relinquishing her throne … sort of. Aretha Franklin, 74, announced on a Detroit television station on February 9 that she’s preparing for life after music.
“I am retiring this year,” she said. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”
Franklin, who’s struggled with various undisclosed health issues in recent years, did note that she’d be recording an album later this year with Stevie Wonder, and that she isn’t opposed to performing the odd show here and there moving forward.
“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now. I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”
“Respect,” live from the The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, 1968:
“Think,” from The Blues Brothers, 1980:
“Nessun Dorma,” from the 1998 Grammy Awards. Franklin performed the operatic piece from Puccini’s Turandot with only minutes to prepare after the original perfumer, opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, fell in and was unable to attend the Grammy ceremony:
The music video for Franklin’s Grammy-winning 1987 duet with George Michael, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”:
Franklin performing “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, which brought tears to U.S. President Barack Obama’s eyes: