Aretha Franklin, a Life of Soul

Power of Singer's Voice Endures Decades after Debut

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As a little girl growing up in Detroit, Aretha Franklin was put on a footstool so the audience in her father's church could see her perform Gospel. It's likely congregants had no trouble hearing the pastor's daughter sing — or remembering her beautiful voice. In an interview with NPR's Juan Williams, the Queen of Soul's discusses "Respect" and other highlights of her four-decade career.

Last fall, Franklin added to her long list of artistic honors — which have included more than a dozen Grammy awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Kennedy Center honor — with a spot on the BET Walk of Fame. The 61-year-old singer/songwriter says she's "scaling back" the number of concert dates she does each year, but that she's "not retiring — never retiring."

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