Aretha Franklin seldom traveled to Europe, which makes the opportunity to see the Queen of Soul’s performance from Sweden on May 8, 1968—just months after she released her “Lady Soul” album—all the more invaluable. Backed by her full band and ensemble, including Cissy Houston (Whitney Houston’s mother), the 26-year-old singer makes you feel every note.
When Aretha Franklin came onstage in Stockholm in the spring of 1968, her soulful coronation was already achieved. One year earlier, she began her half-decade run of massively successful albums and within a few months, would appear on the cover of Time. European concert-hall audiences responded to her with the same fervor as legions of fans across America.