Aretha Franklin
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1942-03-25
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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Biography (Wikipedia)

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, 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 minister. At the age of 18, she embarked on a secular musical 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 "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 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 (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Spirit in the Dark (1970), Young, Gifted and Black (1972), Amazing Grace (1972), and Sparkle (1976) before experiencing problems with her record company. Franklin left Atlantic in 1979 and signed with Arista Records. She appeared in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers before releasing the successful albums Jump to It (1982), Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985), and Aretha (1986) on the Arista label. In 1998, Franklin returned to the Top 40 with the Lauryn Hill-produced song "A Rose Is Still a Rose"; later, she released an album of the same name which was certified gold. That same year, Franklin earned international acclaim for her performance of "Nessun dorma" at the Grammy Awards; she filled in at the last minute for Luciano Pavarotti, who canceled his appearance after the show had already begun. In a widely noted performance, she paid tribute to 2015 honoree Carole King by singing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center Honors.

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I Say A Little Prayer
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I Say A Little Prayer
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Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
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Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
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Jump To It (Single Version)
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Jump To It (Single Version)
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I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
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I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
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Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
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Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
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Respect
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Respect
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Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)
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Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)
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Through The Storm
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Through The Storm
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If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody
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If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody
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Son Of A Preacher Man
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Son Of A Preacher Man
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Ramblin'
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Ramblin'
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