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Aretha Franklin became a star on the Atlantic record label after leaving Columbia.

Read Aretha Franklin Before Atlantic: The Columbia Years

February 27, 2013 – Before Franklin found her voice at Atlantic, she recorded less successfully for another label.

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Author Sandra Cisneros.

Listen Cooking Tamales For The Beatles: Guest DJ Sandra Cisneros

January 10, 2013 – The celebrated Chicana author swings by to discuss life, literature and the music that moves her.

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The new Aretha Franklin compilation Take a Look features the legendary singer's music from her years with Columbia Records.

Watch Aretha Franklin: 'Take A Look' Back At The Columbia Years

May 12, 2011 – A new box set invites fans to rediscover an oft-dismissed chapter in Franklin's career.

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Cole Porter contributed many songs to the Great American Songbook,  including "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Get a Kick Out of You."

Read Get To Know: The Cole Porter Songbook Jazz24

June 8, 2009 – Celebrate Porter's birthday with covers by Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nellie McKay and more. Jazz24

Listen 'Queen Of Soul' Determined To Get It Right

March 18, 2009 – Franklin talks about singing on inauguration day and her now-famous hat.

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Listen Aretha Franklin Gives Christmas A Soulful Twist

December 25, 2008 – Franklin says she knew it was time to record a Christmas album: "I'm not in the mix."

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Listen Sam Cooke's Swan Song of Protest

December 16, 2007 – A civil rights anthem, "A Change Is Gonna Come" came to be heralded as Sam Cooke's magnum opus.

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Listen Queen of Soul Continues Her Reign

August 24, 2007 – Aretha Franklin talks with Farai Chideya about her four-decade career of chart-topping music.

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Listen Aretha Franklin's 'Respect' Celebrates 40th Birthday

June 14, 2007 – It has been 40 years since Aretha Franklin's Respect first topped the charts in June 1967.

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Listen Aretha Franklin's Globe-Nominated Performance

January 10, 2007 – Franklin collaborated on "Never Gonna Break My Faith," featured in the film Bobby.

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Listen Ahmet Ertegun Earned Aretha Franklin's Respect

December 16, 2006 – A soul legend reflects on the late co-founder of Atlantic Records, who helped propel many careers.

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Listen Dan Penn: 'A Little Something I Like' in Music

August 14, 2006 – Dan Penn left his mark on American Soul. Now he's making more music.

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