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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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Aretha Franklin 'Amazing Grace' film anchors nationwide voter registration campaign
LA Times Entertainme, 2019-09-09 14:06:49
The gospel concert documentary will be shown in nine cities, anchoring the Poor People's Campaign to promote social, political and economic justice.

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Variety, 2019-09-08 22:58:45
The Aretha Franklin documentary “Amazing Grace” will be going out on tour this fall and winter, as part of a 22-state road show that will offer free screenings of the film as a centerpiece of multi-day voter registration events being sponsored by the Poor People’s Campaign, a historic civil rights ...

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