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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

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Brian Grazer Imagine Entertainment
Variety, 2020-07-06 17:00:36
Imagine Entertainment and Warner Music Group have cut a deal to co-produce and co-finance a slate of music-themed projects for a range of film, TV and digital outlets. The deal is an outgrowth of the pair’s partnership on the upcoming Nat Geo limited series “Genius: Aretha,” revolving around the life ...

Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige dazzle in 'Respect' trailer
LA Times Entertainme, 2020-06-29 16:24:25
Singers Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige are the best things about the 'Respect' trailer, serving plenty of sizzle for the Aretha Franklin biopic.

First look: See exclusive photos of Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in 'Respect' biopic
USA Today Music, 2020-06-29 13:04:35
See Jennifer Hudson in striking vintage wardrobe, embodying the Queen of Soul in a first look at images from the upcoming biopic "Respect."        

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