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Special edition of '20/20' looks back on life and legacy of icon Aretha Franklin


Thu, Aug 16th 2018 04:20 pm
`Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T.` (ABC photo)
"Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T." (ABC photo)
Hour features never-before-seen footage of Franklin on tour
'Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T' airs on special edition of '20/20' at 8 pm
Following the death of musical and cultural legend Aretha Franklin, a special edition of "20/20" reflects on the life and legacy of the "Queen of Soul" who had an iconic, six-decade career spanning an array of musical genres. The hour gives an in-depth look at Franklin's memorable career and the impact that she had on millions of people around the world. The special will feature footage of the star from the ABC News archives, including Diane Sawyer's trip with Franklin to her hometown of Detroit in 2000 and a never-before-seen video of Franklin on tour.
The hour also features interviews with Harvey Mason Jr., who is making a biopic of Franklin starring actress Jennifer Hudson; and legendary director John Landis, who cast Franklin in "The Blues Brothers." "Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T" airs on a special edition of "20/20" at 8 EDT tonight on ABC (WKBW-TV Channel 7).
Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and became Billboard's most-charted female singer with top hits including "Respect," "Think," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Spanish Harlem." Some of Franklin's most memorable performances included a tribute at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral, her stirring rendition of "Nessun Dorma" at the 1998 Grammys and "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's first inauguration ceremony.
Franklin was not only a talented musician but also a dedicated philanthropist, and in 2008, she was presented with the MusiCares Person of the Year Award for her commitment to helping others.
The singer and her family spent time living in Western New York.
"20/20" is anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach.

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