Category: soul music

Aretha Franklin in her dressing room at Newark…

Aretha Franklin in her dressing room at Newark Symphony Hall, 1969, by Walter Iooss Jr.

Stevie Wonder AND GROVER on Sesame Street! 197…

Stevie Wonder AND GROVER on Sesame Street! 1973, and yet, eternal

Aretha Franklin’s Grammy Award for Best Female…

Aretha Franklin’s Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her 1971 single, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” one of 8 in a row she won from 1968-75, via Billboard

And here’s the performance from that year’s Grammy telecast, which aired March 15, 1972 from New York’s Felt Forum.

Aretha Franklin on Top of the Pops, July 30, 1…

Aretha Franklin on Top of the Pops, July 30, 1970, by Ron Howard

Andy Warhol with Stevie Wonder backstage Madis…

Andy Warhol with Stevie Wonder backstage Madison Square Garden, at a Rolling Stones show Stevie opened, July 26, 1972 (Mick’s 29th birthday). A legendary show! Read about it here. Photo via Christie’s, my edit.

Marvin Gaye at the Royal Albert Hall, 1976, by…

Marvin Gaye at the Royal Albert Hall, 1976, by David Redfern

James Brown, 1967, Long Island Airport, by Jea…

James Brown, 1967, Long Island Airport, by Jean-Marie Périer. 

When James bought this Learjet 23 in 1965, he became the first black person to own a private jet. [source] [source]

Tina Turner, 1971, via

Tina Turner, 1971, via

Aretha Franklin on Top of the Pops, July 30, 1…

Aretha Franklin on Top of the Pops, July 30, 1970, by Ron Howard

Janis Joplin on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1969, by…

Janis Joplin on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1969, by Jim Cummins. Not many things look happier than Happy Janis.