American Masters: Season 3, Episode 4

Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (22 Aug. 1988)

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Aretha Franklin's recording career is examined through archival footage and interviews with family and prominent figures within the music industry.

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Wonderful Documentary on Aretha Franklin
16 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was one of the first of countless documentaries that have been produced on Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul. It traces her back to her beginnings singing in church through her rise as one of the top female vocalists in history.

Interesting interviews with Cecil Franklin, her brother and two sisters Erma and Carolyn Franklin. There is a great deal of footage of Aretha in performance AND at the piano. There are also brief comments from Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston. Unfortunately, many of these clips of Franklin performing have been used repeatedly. There are so many great filmed performances by Ms. Franklin, why don't they use them?

I have this on VHS and would love to have it on DVD.


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