Aretha Franklin, Live in Amsterdam, 1968

Back in 1968, Aretha Franklin the queen of soul was conquering Europe. This amazing performance in Amsterdam is absolute proof that Aretha will forever be one of the best soul singers of all times. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think”. By the end of the 1960s she had gained the title “The Queen of Soul”.