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.
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Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 13 mins The Funk & Soul Years - 1967
Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 2 mins Aretha Franklin is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame
Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 5 mins Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin remember a gig they performed together
Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 4 mins Various people talk about Aretha Franklin