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29 Things You Might Not Have Known About 'Queen Of Soul' Aretha Franklin

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22. She Performed At Three Presidential Inaugurations
Franklin sang at Jimmy Carter's, Bill Clinton’s, and Barack Obama's inagurations.

"Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll — the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope," Obama told The New Yorker, who was writing a profile on her. "American history wells up when Aretha sings."