There are a buncha musical birthday folk today, including Elton John and Hoyt Axton. But let’s feature Aretha Franklin. Here she is performing “Dr. Feelgood” in Amsterdam in 1968.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.