Known as The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) was a popular soul, jazz, R&B, gospel, and blues singer. She attended the 2005 Daytime Emmy Awards, and was interviewed by Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, for a segment on The Tony Danza Show.
- Aretha Franklin is one of several people named by Roosevelt Franklin's class when he asks them to identify some great people in a 1973 Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School sketch. (First: Episode 0515).
- Appearing on Dolly in 1988, Miss Piggy drops her short-lived country music career and suggests trying soul music as an avenue of expression. She asks Dolly Parton if she has Aretha Franklin's number, and leaves the stage singing "R-E-S-P-E-C-T, give it to me, give it to me, give it to me..."