What was Aretha Franklin’s vocal range?
16 August 2018, 16:20
The legendary Queen of Soul passed away this week, aged 76, and what better way to pay tribute than to take a moment to appreciate her ridiculously impressive vocal range?
Aretha Franklin is one of the greatest singers of all time – songs like Respect, Natural Woman and Think are played all around the world. And there can’t be many people who don’t know the words to I Say a Little Prayer.
And one of the things that made Aretha so great was her impressive vocal range. She could sing notes spanning well over three octaves – and some people even argue she could sing up to four octaves.
This YouTuber has painstakingly put together footage of Aretha singing from G2 (that’s the second G below middle C) to E6 (just over two octaves above middle C).