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Aretha Franklin performs at the inauguration of President Barack Obama wearing her famous hat.69 years ago today the Queen of Soul was born in Memphis Tennessee as Aretha Louise Franklin.  The soul, jazz and gospel legend was ranked #1 in Rolling Stone magazine’s greatest singers of all time.

Aretha Franklin To Celebrate 69th Birthday In NYC

On the strength of hits like “Respect,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Chain of Fools.” Franklin became a staple on the Billboard charts and in 1987 became the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Franklin was also the only featured singer at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009.

As with many soul legends the hip-hop generation has loved recycling the work of Franklin to make their own classics. Check out some Franklin originals and the songs that sampled her:


“Gas Face” by 3rd Bass

“One Step Ahead”

“Ms Fat Booty” by Mos Def

“Save Me”

“The Creator” Pete Rock & CL Smooth

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