From an episode of Good Times:
“I didn’t know Benjamin Franklin was on the hundred-dollar bill!”
“Who did you think was on it?”
Of course, Aretha Franklin was never on the hundred-dollar bill but maybe she should have been. The singer, who earned the title Queen of Soul, was one of the most influential artists of her time. When she died yesterday at the age of 76, tributes flowed in from other musicians who were proud to say that she was one of the people who had first inspired them to sing. Aretha Franklin paved the road that so many other artists have followed.
One of her biggest hits was Freeway of Love, which is also today’s music video of the day. Appropriately, the video was filmed almost entirely in Detroit, the home of Motown. Portions of the video were also filmed at Doug’s Body Shop in Ferndale, Michigan.
Keep an eye out for Clarence Clemons and his saxophone.
RIP, Aretha Franklin.