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Aretha Franklin

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Biography

Aretha Franklin in 1967

Source: Wikipedia

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church as a child. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think". These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.

Fact file

  • Born: Aretha Louise Franklin March 25, 1942 (age 73) Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Residence: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, U.S.
  • Occupation: Singer musician
  • Years active: 1956–present
  • Home town: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse(s): Ted White (m. 1961–69) Glynn Turman (m. 1978–84)
  • Children: 4
  • Parent(s): Clarence LaVaughn Franklin Barbara Siggers Franklin
  • Relatives: Erma Franklin (sister) Carolyn Franklin (sister)
  • Awards: Aretha Franklin awards
  • Genres: Gospel R&B jazz soul pop
  • Instruments: Vocals piano
  • Labels: J.V.B. Columbia Atlantic Arista RCA
  • Associated acts: Sweet Inspirations Erma Franklin Carolyn Franklin Cissy Houston Smokey Robinson Patti LaBelle Eurythmics The Caravans George Benson The Soul Stirrers Luther Vandross Whitney Houston George Michael Michael McDonald Lauryn Hill
  • Website: www.arethafranklin.net

Read more about Aretha Franklin at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' Makes 2018 Emmys In Memoriam Tribute Especially Poignant
Access Hollywood, 2018-09-18 02:37:23
Aretha Franklin's rendition of "Amazing Grace" was the music choice for the 2018 Emmy Awards In Memoriam and it was especially poignant this year.

Ariana Grande deemed bishop's touch at funeral an accident, declined to file complaint
USA Today Music, 2018-09-15 00:07:57
Ariana Grande declined to pursue an investigation after a touching incident involving a bishop at Aretha Franklin's funeral, police said Friday.         

Aretha Franklin Tops List of Memphis Music Hall Inductees
Billboard, 2018-09-13 23:59:49
Soul songstress Aretha Franklin is headlining a diverse and influential class of performers and music industry personalities who are being inducted...

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