Aretha Franklin biography

Aretha Franklin

Rhythm and blues, Musical Artist

1942 –


Who is Aretha Franklin?

Aretha Louise Franklin 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 age 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", " 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 88 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries and 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 relatively small 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 aria, "Nessun Dorma", at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with "A Rose Is Still a Rose".


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Mar 25, 1942
Also known as
  • Aretja Franklin
  • Franklin, Aretha
  • Arthaa Franklin
  • Aretha Franklyn
  • Aretha Fanklin
  • Aretha Louise Franklin
  • aretha_franklin
  • The Queen of Soul
  • African American
  • United States of America
  • Northern High School
Lived in
  • Memphis
  • Encino
  • Detroit

on July 23, 2013

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