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Aretha Franklin

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 age 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.

Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart's history. Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted & Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with a cameo appearance in the film, The Blues Brothers and with the albums, Jump to It and Who's Zoomin' Who?. In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria, "Nessun Dorma", at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with "A Rose Is Still a Rose".

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in which she placed number 1.

Although she is a singer, Aretha can't read music.
At the 1998 Grammy Awards, Aretha replaced an ill Luciano Pavarotti, and sang the Puccini aria Nessum Dorma for which she received a rousing standing ovation.
The University of Detroit presented Aretha with an honorary doctorate in musicology. In 1997, she was accepted at the Juilliard School of Music to study classical piano but as of 2007, she had not registered for courses.
Aretha states that her favourite film as a child was The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939).
In September, 1999, Aretha was awarded The National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton.
Aretha was married to Glynn Turman from 1978 to 1984.
Aretha is close friends with fellow soul singer Chaka Khan.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Aretha No. 9 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".
Aretha was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 1968.
Aretha was featured in the TIME magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005.
Aretha's vocal range is 4 octaves.
Aretha is the godmother of R&B singer Whitney Houston.
Aretha sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XL.
Aretha is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom award.
In 1984, Aretha's father, Clarence L. Franklin, died from gunshot wounds obtained during a burglary
Aretha performed at the United States President Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration in 1992.
Aretha has 4 sons. They are called Clarence Jr. (who she gave birth to when she was 14), Edward (who was born when she was 16), Ted Jr. and Kecalf.
The State of Michigan declared her voice a "National Resource".
Aretha has a fear of flying, which is known as aviophobia.
Aretha has been married and divorced twice. Her husbands were Glynn Turman and Ted White.
Aretha was arrested in Detroit for disturbance of the peace in 1969.
Aretha has 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Sister Carolyn wrote the songs Gotta Find Me an Angel and Ain't No Way; Aretha recorded both. Sister Erma performed the original recording of Take Another Little Piece of My Heart, later made famous by Janis Joplin.
Aretha's mother left the family when Aretha was just 6 years old.
Aretha had a cameo in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.
Aretha was the first woman to be admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and the second woman to be admitted to the UK Music Hall of Fame.


50s, 60s Hits

Chain Of Fools
Since You've Been Gone
You Make Me Feel Lika A Natural Woman

80's Hits

Freeway of Love


Winter Wondeland


(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Baby I Love You
You're All I Need To Get By

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