YMMV / Aretha Franklin

  • Covered Up: Otis Redding's original version of "Respect" was a moderate hit in 1965, but even he conceded that Aretha did the definitive take on it.
  • Growing the Beard: When she signed with Atlantic Records in 1967 and her producer Jerry Wexler let her have free rein to incorporate her gospel roots into her music.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Fierce Hat has become a popular subject for humorous photoshoppery.
  • Old Shame: She feels this way about her 1979 disco album, La Diva. Looking back on it, she sees it as a desperate, rushed attempt to cash in on a rapidly dying Dead Horse Genre. It probably doesn't help that it was a critical and commerical flop.