Aretha Franklin 3

I don’t do crazy things – I just don’t.
Aretha Franklin

I love the Ritz.
Aretha Franklin

What is auto-tune? I don’t even know what auto-tune is.
Aretha Franklin

Yeah, I want a job in Barack’s Cabinet. How about a job, Mr. Obama? Please? Please?
Aretha Franklin

Men don’t like eating out of cans. And I don’t like eating out of cans too much, either.
Aretha Franklin

Christmases past, my sister Carolyn and I – we’d been waiting for Santa all night. Nothing! Where is this man?
Aretha Franklin

For many years, I’ve wanted to do one, and I’ve always mentioned it to the chieftains, and they would say things like, ‘Oh well. Christmas albums don’t sell,’ and things like that. But that’s not the point. Christmas albums are important. The music is important. The season is important.
Aretha Franklin

I like ‘Bootylicious,’ ‘Survivor’ – my little granddaughter loves ‘Survivor.’
Aretha Franklin

I wouldn’t be without Google, and I love Facebook.
Aretha Franklin

Men have always been gentlemen to me – responsible people with healthy attitudes.
Aretha Franklin

Sam Cooke had a huge influence on me. He left the gospel field at one point and went into the secular, and he had this huge hit, ‘You Send Me.’ Irma, my older sister, and I heard ‘You Send Me’ on the radio while we were driving through the South one night. We had to stop the car. We got out and danced around the car out on the highway.
Aretha Franklin

I think you have a lot of really good artists today. You have your Beyonce, Usher, Nicki Minaj and the like. But our generation, the artists were stronger. You’re talking about myself, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Four Tops.
Aretha Franklin

It really is an honor if I can be inspirational to a younger singer or person. It means I’ve done my job.
Aretha Franklin

I’ve probably cried with a lot of songs – in teenage crushes, adult crushes.
Aretha Franklin

As long as it’s good music. I love all music. It’s got to be constructed properly.
Aretha Franklin

The duet with Frank Sinatra, ‘What Now My Love,’ is one of my favorites.
Aretha Franklin

I certainly enjoy Usher, Beyonce, Chris Brown, and there is Fantasia; these people will be around a while. They’ve got it. They’ve got the ‘it’ factor.
Aretha Franklin

Many of my friends were there at Motown. The studio was only a few blocks from where my dad’s home was, where we lived.
Aretha Franklin

There is no way in the world anyone else could do my wedding other than myself, along with whomever I select to do various things.
Aretha Franklin

I like being married. It’s an institution that I like.
Aretha Franklin

Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there.
Aretha Franklin

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