Aretha Franklin

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Soul Singer
Date of Birth March 25, 1942
Place of Birth Memphis, Tennessee
Date of Death Aug 16, 2018 (76)
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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, and civil rights activist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was a minister. At the age of 18, she embarked on a secular-music career as a recording artist for Columbia Records. While Franklin's career did not immediately flourish, she found acclaim and commercial success after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as "I Never Loved a Man", "Respect", "A Natural Woman", "Chain of Fools", "Think", and "I Say a Little Prayer" propelled her past her musical peers. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as the "Queen of Soul". Franklin continued to record acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Spirit in the Dark, Young, Gifted and Black, Amazing Grace, and Sparkle before experiencing problems with her record company.

Born: Aretha Louise Franklin, March 25, 1942, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Died: August 16, 2018, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Resting place: Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
Occupation: Singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, activist
Years active: 1956–2018
Home town: Detroit, Michigan
Children: 4
Parent(s): Clarence LaVaughn Franklin, Barbara Siggers Franklin
Relatives: Erma Franklin (sister), Carolyn Franklin (sister), Cecil Franklin (brother)
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About Aretha Franklin

Queen of Soul who released the immortal hits "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Respect." She won more than fifteen Grammy Awards, one of which was due to her 75 million record sales.

Before Fame

She started singing at her father's church after her mother's death and launched her solo career when she was eighteen.


She was the godmother of recording artist Whitney Houston.

Family Life

She married Ted White in 1962; after their divorce in 1969, she married Glynn Turman on April 11, 1978. She had four sons named Edward, Ted, Clarence and Kecalf.


In October 2014, she released a popular cover of the Adele song "Rolling in the Deep."

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