A very young Aretha with her biggest crush (and musical idol), Sam Cooke, possibly an early 1960s photo (1963, 1964-ish).

Cassius Clay & Sam Cooke (formerly of The Soul Stirrers) NYC March 1964

Aretha Franklin...Go Girl!

Roberta Flack is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is notable for jazz, soul, R, and folk music.

thinking...creating...bob marley

Chuck Berry and Mick Jagger

Bo Diddley's guitarist, Norma-Jean Wofford aka The Duchess

Sade... That voice with that accent through those lips.

Sam Cooke

Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack born March 4, 1944) is an American singer-songwriter and musician.[2] An active recording artist since the early 1960s where he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke's backing guitarist, Womack's career has spanned more than 50 years and has spanned a repertoire in the styles of R, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.

Music legends. Teddy Pendagrass, Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Teena Marie, Billy Paul, Whitney Houston, Phyliss Hyman, Barry White, Nick Ashford, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Eddie Lavert,

Stevie Wonder outside of EMI Records in Manchester Square, London, 1967. The company was celebrating Stevie’s 3 British chart hits that year - A Place in the Sun, I Was Made to Love Her, and I’m Wondering. by Jan Olofsson

Otis Redding

Sam Cooke - Summer time (w/ Lyrics)

*Big wheel keep on turning, Proud Mary keep on burning, And we're rolling, rolling, Rolling on the river....Tina Turner

Aretha Franklin & Ray Charles, 1968

Prince

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash

Nat King Cole (Nathaniel Adams Coles) (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) American jazz pianist, singer, songwriter

A Change Is Gonna Come -- Sam Cooke (Original Version in HD)--This Gospel-Tinged Soul Hit Knocks You To Your Knees As Sung By The Undescribable Voice of the Great Sam Cooke...What A Fabulous Video Outlining A Decisive Time In American History, Also...Oh, Sam...You Are Missed...

Marvin Gaye & Stevie Wonder - #motown