Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Shares Aretha Franklin Performances On YouTube


The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame shared archival live performance videos of the late great Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The clips were shared as part of African-American Music Appreciation Month, which spans the month of June.

In 1987, Franklin became the first female musician inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards delivered the speech honoring Franklin at that year’s induction ceremony (though Aretha was unable to attend).


The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame shared footage of Richards’ 1987 speech and the acceptance speeches given by Clive Davis and Aretha’s brother Cecil Franklin. Also shared was footage of Aretha Franklin and Al Green performing “Freeway of Love” at the 1995 Concert For The Rock Hall.

Other additionally posted videos include “It Hurts Like Hell” from Franklin’s 1997 Hall of Fame Series performance, “I Came To Lift Him Up,” “He Never Lost A Fight” and “A Change Is Going To Come” with Solomon Burke at the 2005 Music Masters honoring Sam Cooke, “Don’t Play That Song” at the 2007 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, and “Respect,” “Make Them Hear You,” “Theme from ‘New York, New York’ and “Think” with Lenny Kravitz at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts in 2009.

Keith Richards’ Induction Speech

Clive Davis & Cecil Franklin’s Acceptance Speeches

Freeway Of Love


It Hurts Like Hell

I Came To Lift Him Up

He Never Lost A Fight


A Change Is Going To Come

Don’t Play That Song


Make Them Hear You

Theme From ‘New York, New York’