She just wanted a little respect...

Aretha Franklin was an American singer-songwriter who could boast of having won no less than 18 Grammy Awards, having had 112 singles ranked in the American Charts and having sold to date more than 75 million records across the world, just that !

An artistic career that began at the age of 14 when his father, Baptist pastor and preacher, took her on the roads with him on a tour of churches called "The Ghospel Caravan". A tour of the churches that will allow young Aretha to perform in front of a new audience every day. We are then in 1956.

A father who will also help her to land his first contract in the same year with a label worthy of the name, namely J.V.B. Records. A label which allows her to release a first album "Songs of faith", album which will unfortunately go somewhat unnoticed.

At 16, she went on tour again, but this time with a certain Martin Luther King. And at 18 she manages to convince her father to stop ghospel music in order to turn to more modern music. This is how she got to sign with Columbia Records in 1960.

A change of course that will quickly pay off since she finally obtained her first success with the title "Today I sing the blues" the same year. Shortly followed by "Won’t be long" which was released a year later in 1961. The singer's career was well and truly launched.

Also in 1961, she even got her first global top hit with a luxury cover of Al Jolson's 1918 title "Rock-a-bye your baby with a dixie melody". A decade of the 60s which saw her achieve a significant number of successes with titles such as "I surrender, dear" in 1962, "Runnin 'out of fools" in 1964, "One step ahead" in 1965, "Take a look" in 1967 among others.

A year 1967 which saw her change label and which marked a major turning point in her career. Indeed, she also released that year a revisited version of the title of Otis Redding "Respect" (title dating from 1965), a version that will make a huge planetary success, propel her to a level of truly mind-blowing success and literally do at the same time explode its notoriety. Version which will become a true feminist anthem and deeply mark the decade.

An exceptional year 1967 for the singer since she will release 3 other titles which will also become mega planetary hits with titles like "Baby I love you", "(You make me feel) Like a natural woman" and " Chain of fools ”.

But that's without counting on the year 1968, an even more exceptional year with the release of two huge albums "Lady soul" and "Aretha now". Albums that will add no less than 4 mega planetary hits to the singer's charts with "(Sweet sweet baby) Since you've been gone", "See saw" but also, and above all, "Think" and "I say a little prayer ”. The singer then becomes one of the biggest phenomena of the moment.

Paradoxically, it will be very difficult to match these 2 rather incredible years and the end of the decade will turn out to be somewhat disappointing, despite a still very high level of success.

Just like the 1970s which, apart from 3 major titles which are "Spanish harlem" in 1971, "Angel" and "Until you come back to me (That's what I'm gonna do) in 1973, will not allow the singer to maintain her place as the undisputed queen of Soul.

Paradoxically, it will therefore be necessary to wait for the 1980s to see her finally return to very large-scale success. Despite an age difference approaching 20 years with the competition, that did not prevent her from achieving one of the greatest successes of his career with the release in 1985 of his album "Who’s Zoomin’ who ".

Album with record sales and which will produce no less than 4 mega planetary hits with the titles "Another night", "Sisters are doin 'it for themselves", but also, and above all, the enormous "Freeway of love" and "Who's Zoomin' who”.

The album "Aretha", which was released a year later in 1986, confirmed the singer's comeback. Album from which 3 new mega hits will be extracted : "Jumpin 'Jack Flash", "Jimmy Lee" and the magical duo with George Michael "I knew you were waiting (For me)" which was released in 1987.

Duets which bring her luck since she ended the decade in apotheosis with in 1989 the title which she interpreted with Elton John "Trough the storm" then the title which she interpreted with Withney Houston "It isn't, it wasn't , it ain't never gonna be”. Two titles which once again show that we will have to count on her again and again.

She will have gone through the 1950s, then the 1960s, then the 1970s, then the 1980s, and here she is, unashamedly entering the 1990s. A decade which sees the release of new successes, the two main ones of which will be "A deeper love" and "Willing to forgive" in 1995, as well as "A rose is still a rose" in 1998.

But it will indeed be the last decade during which the singer will be able to compete with the competition with dignity. The decades 2000 and 2010 will see her continue to sing, but without achieving major success.

A decade of 2010 which will be the last from all points of view since the diva will disappear on August 16, 2018 following a long illness at the age of 76, a diva who will have deeply marked her time and who will leave behind a legacy some of the most incredible music of all time.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Never grew old 1956

  • Today I sing the blues 1960

  • Won't be long 1961

  • Rock-a-bye your baby with a dixie melody 1961

  • I surrender dear 1962

  • Try a little tenderness 1962

  • Say it isn’t so 1963

  • Soulville 1964

  • Runnin’ out of fools 1964

  • One step ahead 1965

  • (No, no) I’m losing you 1965

  • Cry like a baby 1966

  • Take a look 1967

  • Mockingbird 1967

  • I never loved a man (The way I love you) 1967

  • Respect 1967

  • Baby I love you 1967

  • (You make me feel like) A natural woman 1967

  • Chains of fool 1967

  • (Sweet sweet baby) Since you’ve been gone 1968

  • Think 1968

  • The house that Jack built 1968

  • I say a little prayer 1968

  • See saw 1968

  • The weight 1969

  • I can’t see myself leaving you 1969

  • Share your love with me 1969

  • Eleanor Rigby 1969

  • Call me 1970

  • Don’t play that song 1970

  • Spirit in the dark 1970

  • You’re all I need to get by 1971

  • Bridge over trouble water 1971

  • Spanish Harlem 1971

  • Rock steady 1971

  • Day dreaming 1972

  • All the king’s horses 1972

  • Master of eyes (The deepness of your eyes) 1973

  • Angel 1973

  • Until you come back to me (That's what I'm gonna do) 1973

  • I’m in love 1974

  • Ain’t nothing like the real thing 1974

  • Without love 1974

  • Mr D.J. (5 for the D.J.) 1975

  • Something he can feel 1976

  • Look into your heart 1977

  • Almighty fire (Woman of the future) 1978

  • Ladies only 1979

  • United together 1980

  • What a fool believes 1981

  • Come to me 1981

  • Love all the hurt away 1981

  • It's my turn 1981

  • Jump to it 1982

  • Get it right 1983

  • Freeway of love 1985

  • Who’s zoomin’ who 1985

  • Sisters are doin’ it for themselves 1985

  • Another night 1986

  • Ain’t nobody ever loved you 1986

  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash 1986

  • Jimmy Lee 1986

  • I knew you were waiting (For me) 1987

  • Rock-A-Lott 1987

  • If ever a love there was 1988

  • Trough the storm 1989

  • It isn’t, it wasn’t, it ain’t never gonna be 1989

  • Everyday people 1991

  • Ever changing times 1992

  • A deeper love 1994

  • Willing to forgive 1994

  • Honey 1994

  • It hurts like hell 1996

  • A rose is still a rose 1998

  • Here we go again 1998

  • The only thing missin’ 2003

  • Put you up on game 2007

  • How long I’ve been waiting 2011

  • Rolling in the deep 2014

Clips :

1956 ... who could imagine then that the young girl who sings this song will become one of the greatest singers of all time ? Almost no one and yet ...

1960 ... after a fairly confidential start, the time for recognition has come. A first classified title of low magnitude but which launches her career for good

1961 ... a career that grows with this title. The level of success rises crescendo, as does its notoriety

1961 ... it is a luxury cover of this Al Jolson title dating from 1918 which will allow her to obtain her first global hit. A first top hit that will appeal to many others !

1962 .. in the series of luxury covers, here comes now this revisited version of a title of Bing Crosby dating from 1931. Covers which succeed her rather well, to say the least we can say

1962 ... this time, it's a title of Val Rosing dating from 1932 that she covers in a masterly way. An absolutely sumptuous Intimist track which shows a new facet of her talent ...

1963 ... covers which follow one another at top speed. Here she delivers a magnificent version of George Olsen's title dating from 1932, all in finesse and lightness. What more !

1964 ... back in force in the punchy with this title to the frenzied rhythm as they knew so well to do in the 60s. The rise of the young singer is regular and linear. A decade to hatch and a next decade to explode !

1964 ... her hit of the year. This is the title that will meet the most success this year. A 'small' year in the production of titles ...

1965 ... another beautiful foray into the Intimist. She demonstrates an obvious know-how in this field and each new title is a real success

1965 ... and what to say about it ! In a style so typical of this era, she once again transcends a particularly inspired melody and tailor-made for her

1966 ... already 6 years passed and an already impressive collection of top hits. It is clear that this singer has something more than the others ...

1967 ... a pivotal year in 1967 with a change of label along the way. This title and the next will be credited to Columbia Records ...

1967 ... together is even better. New luxury cover this time of the title of Inez and Charlie Foxx dating from 1963. A copy which is worth squarely the original !

1967 ... year of the label change, a change that will - change everything -. The singer will suddenly pass a level which will allow her to touch the stars repeatedly. Start of the fireworks !