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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.”
In the Museum: Aretha Franklin
1: Southern Christian Leadership Conference Benefit Concert Poster, 1967
2: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You Album Proof Sheet, 1967
3: Aretha Franklin Dressing Room Door Note, c. 1985
4: Aretha Franklin Valtino Dress, 1979
5: Aretha Franklin Appointment Book, 1981
6: Aretha Franklin Dress, 2007
7: “I Heard It through the Grapevine,” 1966 Written by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield
8 & 9: “Rhythm of the Freeway” Demo Cassette (top) and Tape Box (bottom)
Aretha Franklin hat from the exhibit Treasures from the Vault