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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

NBA's Detroit Pistons Play Tape of Aretha Franklin Singing National Anthem: Watch
Billboard, 2018-10-18 03:13:09
The Detroit Pistons honored Aretha Franklin before their season opener Wednesday night by playing a recording of her singing the national anthem....

Solo Piano Version of Aretha Franklin's 'Silent Night' is Hauntingly Beautiful: Listen
Billboard, 2018-10-17 00:24:09
A new solo piano mix of one of Aretha Franklin's "Silent Night" is out Tuesday (Oct. 16), and it's just as soulful and...

Elton John Honors Aretha Franklin With Detroit Performance of 'Border Song'
Billboard, 2018-10-13 14:35:50
Elton John used his appearance in the late Aretha Franklin's home town to pay a warm tribute to her -- and highlight something special she did...

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