Very few artists have impacted music like the "Queen of Soul." Here is a showcase of some rare and classic live performances: full of her heartfelt understanding of humanity, soaring vocals, and transformative anthems of empowerment.
Never Grow Old and You Grow Closer (1956) - These two songs were on Aretha Franklin's first single record. The recordings were made at the age of 14, by J-V-B Records, at the New Baptist Bethel Church, Detroit, Michigan, where her father was the pastor.
Runnin' Out of Fools (1964) - This is Aretha Franklin's earliest known appearance on TV, tape dated 1964, although it's unknown what program it was.
Steve Allen Show (1964) - Five songs from Aretha Franklin's live TV appearance. Click on the link and a page opens devoted to the songs she performed on the Steve Allen show.
Won't Be Long (1964) - Aretha Franklin performs the song live on the Shindig TV show.
Concert in Amsterdam (1968) - A packed crowd at Aretha Franklin's first ever performance outside of the U.S.
Rockpalast (1968) - Live concert performance at the German Rockpalast festival.
Respect (1968) - Perhaps the earliest live recording of Aretha Franklin's powerful anthem.
Ten Aretha Franklin Protest Songs (1967-2014) - Listen to ten of the socially conscious tunes she performed over the years.
Bridge Over Troubled Waters (1971) - Aretha Franklin with King Curtis and his Band.
Concert at Fillmore West (1971) - Full live concert.
Montreux Jazz Festival (1971) - Full live concert.
James Brown and Aretha Franklin (1987) - In this live concert, the beginning is all James Brown, with Aretha Franklin coming on at about 38:30.