Aretha Franklin 1

I love ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ I have for years. That’s one of my favourite things. She’s such a can-do kind of girl; that’s why I’m crazy about her.
Aretha Franklin

I’ve never recorded anything I didn’t like.
Aretha Franklin

Yes, I’ve always been fashion conscious.
Aretha Franklin

I’m never tired of going to the studio. I enjoy recording and documenting everything and trying new things.
Aretha Franklin

Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home.
Aretha Franklin

I was in my dad’s church, his Baptist church, and I think the first song I ever performed was ‘Jesus Be a Fence Around Me.’
Aretha Franklin

I like Beyonce’s music – some of it, not all of it.
Aretha Franklin

Politics are not my arena. Music is.
Aretha Franklin

Columbia was a wonderful label for me. Wonderful. The records I made there garnered me an audience. I won a number of polls during the years that I was at Columbia. The Downbeat Jazz Poll. Leonard Feather, who was a huge critic back in the day, different polls that he had. The Playboy poll, a number of polls. So the music was great.
Aretha Franklin

I’ve been around long enough for people to know who I am and what my contributions are. They know me as more than just an artist. I think they know me as a woman as well.
Aretha Franklin

I know people I feel are extremely talented, but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard any geniuses.
Aretha Franklin

I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road. Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum. I am now opting for salads and just healthier lunches.
Aretha Franklin

I remember singing around the house to records that were playing. All kinds of music. And the great James Cleveland was often in our house, and I grew up with his sound as well.
Aretha Franklin

I don’t feel one’s personal medical condition is everybody’s business. It just isn’t something you advertise, and it’s not open to discussion.
Aretha Franklin

I love producing, writing. I rarely write with other writers unless I have a real great respect for them. Like Burt Bacharach, or Carole Sager, or Stevie Wonder. Somebody like Smokey – like that. Otherwise, I choose to write alone.
Aretha Franklin

Prince is gone. But the music will go on.
Aretha Franklin

He was definitely an original and a one-of-a-kind. Truly there was only one Prince.
Aretha Franklin

I haven’t had the occasion to meet Adele. She lives in England. So when I’m flying, or when she comes over here, perhaps we’ll have a chance. I think she’s a very fine singer, a very strong writer and performer.
Aretha Franklin

Well, Babyface brings his savoir faire to every project. He’s a very easy producer to work with, very detailed in listening to everything.
Aretha Franklin

Intermittently in my concert format, I sing a little jazz, a little scatting.
Aretha Franklin

It’s easy for a singer to sometimes pick up on another singer’s sound, but that’s just copying.
Aretha Franklin

We didn’t have music videos. You weren’t an overnight sensation. You had to work at it and learn your craft: how to take care of your voice, how to pace your concerts, all that trial and error.
Aretha Franklin

I paid my dues; I certainly did.
Aretha Franklin

Women absolutely deserve respect.
Aretha Franklin

I think women and children and older people are the three least-respected groups in our society.
Aretha Franklin

I like writing and don’t confine myself to just the words or just the music. But I don’t particularly write songs with myself in mind.
Aretha Franklin

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