Born:
March 25, 1942
Died:
August 16, 2018
Age:
76
Internet Movie Database:
Summary

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, actress, and pianist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. At age 18, she embarked on a secular career recording for Columbia Records. However, she achieved only modest success. Franklin found commercial success and acclaim after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as "Respect", "Chain of Fools", "Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", and "I Say a Little Prayer", propelled Franklin past her musical peers. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as "The Queen of Soul".

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Aretha Franklin's birthplace at 406 Lucy Ave. in Memphis, Tennessee.[5]
Aretha Franklin's birthplace at 406 Lucy Ave. in Memphis, Tennessee.[5]
Aretha Franklin at Madame Tussauds in New York City.
Aretha Franklin at Madame Tussauds in New York City.
Franklin performing on April 21, 2007, at the Nokia Theater in Dallas, Texas.
Franklin performing on April 21, 2007, at the Nokia Theater in Dallas, Texas.
Aretha Franklin and William Wilkerson watching Roger Federer at the 2011 US Open.
Aretha Franklin and William Wilkerson watching Roger Federer at the 2011 US Open.
Aretha Franklin wipes a tear after being honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005, at the White House. Seated with her are fellow recipients Robert Conquest, left, and Alan Greenspan
Aretha Franklin wipes a tear after being honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005, at the White House. Seated with her are fellow recipients Robert Conquest, left, and Alan Greenspan
 
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