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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

chrislwillman
Variety, 2019-01-15 16:28:16
When it comes to television, Ken Ehrlich is Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Man.” The TV producer worked with the late Aretha Franklin for the first time in 1981 at his second-ever Grammys at Radio City Music Hall. Now his AEG Ehrlich Ventures is executive-producing (along with Clive Davis and Danny ...

Aretha Franklin Honored With Star-Studded Tribute Concert
Billboard, 2019-01-15 01:45:40
The late Aretha Franklin’s songs were so impactful that some of music’s bests from Alicia Keys to Celine Dion took the stage Sunday to...

Review: Was Aretha Franklin properly honored at her all-star Grammy tribute?
LA Times Entertainme, 2019-01-15 00:20:00
To honor Aretha Franklin’s roots in gospel music, Shirley Caesar sang “Mary, Don’t You Weep.” To showcase Franklin’s rhythmic flair, Janelle Monáe did “Rock Steady.” And to highlight the late icon’s important role in the fight for civil rights? We heard “A Change Is Gonna Come” as performed by...

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