The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

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In the Museum: Aretha Franklin3/10

2: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You Album Proof Sheet, 1967

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum/Design Photography

After Aretha Franklin’s contract with Columbia Records expired, Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records signed her with the intention of pairing her gospel-honed voice with the burgeoning southern soul movement. Wexler had a strategy: “My attitude was simply to get some great songs, some great players, put Aretha back on piano and let the lady wail.”