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Aretha Franklin 

When: Thu., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. 2012

When it comes to R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Aretha Franklin gets it in spades. Whatever their charms, Tina Turner and Diana Ross are still looking up at Franklin. She melded gospel and soul with unmatched class, power and intensity. Franklin helped create the Muscle Shoals soul sound by exploring a grittier, more Southern realm. She's remained relevant for five decades, and it's hard to imagine any modern singer having such an impact. Franklin's the kind of treasure that should be put in a secure glass case for all to see; Benet's the type that gets tossed in the back yard. —Chris Parker



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