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Aretha Franklin's Biography

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. In a recording career that has spanned over half a century, Franklin's repertoire has included gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, pop, rock and funk. Franklin is known as one of the most important popularizers of the soul music genre and is referred to as the Queen of Soul, a title she was given early in her career. Franklin, the daughter of prominent Baptist minister and activist C. L. Franklin, began her singing career singing in her father's church at the age of ten and started recording four years later. After several years in the gospel circuit and with her father's blessing, she formed a secular pop music career at the age of eighteen, signing with Columbia Records, where she was branded by its CEO John Hammond as his most important act since Billie Holiday. Franklin's Columbia period wasn't as successful as hoped and in late 1966, Franklin switched over to Atlantic Records, where she began recording a string of popular hits including "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Think", "Chain of Fools" and what later became her signature song, "Respect".

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Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul," sings "My Country 'Tis of Thee," at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009. (Wikimedia Commons, public domain photo)
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  • Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food

      News Source: The Orange County Register | 1 day ago
    There's something beyond delivering a set packed with her hits that's got Aretha Franklin jazzed about fair season: the food. Ahead of her Thursday performance at the Ohio State Fair, the Queen of Soul says she's eager to track down some elephant
  • This Eleven-Year-Old DJ is Cooler Than You and Knows it: Meet DJ Fulano

      News Source: The New York Observer | 1 day ago
    That same year, Bill Clinton called him a nine-year-old wonder. At age ten he spoke at the United Nations and Saved the Music with VH1. He's a sixth-grader who makes up to $10,000 per gig, DJing for clients such as the New York Knicks, the Barclays
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal glows as 'The Honorable Woman'

      News Source: Miami Herald | 1 day ago
    There's something beyond delivering a set packed with her hits that's got Aretha Franklin jazzed about fair season: the elephant ears. Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad

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