This was just the beginning.
For decades to come we’d watch and hear Aretha Franklin inspiring and uplifting audiences.
Venues from TV studios to vast arenas became in their way places of secular worship.
Her first album for the Atlantic label appeared in 1967 – in the same week as the Velvet Underground and Nico album and the rather arty hippy debut of Grateful Dead.
But once you put on Franklin’s first track – a cover of Otis Redding’s ‘Respect‘ – you were locked in for the next ten.