Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career performing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church at 14. Four years later, 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 77 Billboard Hot 100 singles, including 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 role 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 song, "Nessun Dorma", at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she recorded her final top 40 recording with "A Rose Is Still a Rose".