Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin



Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and songwriter. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but 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", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think". By the end of the 1960s decade she had gained the title "The Queen of Soul". Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B 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 and 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 her part 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". Franklin's other popular and well known hits include "Rock Steady", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", "Chain Of Fools", "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael), and a remake of The Rolling Stones song "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.[1] Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.[2] Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time; and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.[3][4]



A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin
A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin is an album by musical artist Aretha Franklin, released on November 10, 2017.
Border Song
Border Song is a song by musical artist Aretha Franklin, released on October 13, 2017.
Respect is a song by musical artist Aretha Franklin, released on September 15, 2017.
Respect - The Very Best of
Respect - The Very Best of is an album by musical artist Aretha Franklin, released on March 25, 2017.

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Miranda Lambert Balances Star Power With Humanity at Los Angeles Concert
  –  February 13, 2018
The gesture was small but telling, and she would repeat it when she welcomed opener Lucie Silvas to the stage for a cover of Aretha Franklin's classic "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man." Lambert warned that the pair had only performed the song once previously ...
Comic, playwright to speak at Napa Valley College Black History Month event
  –  February 13, 2018
Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Julio Iglesias, Ringo Starr and Gladys Knight. Copeland performed his brand of biting, cutting-edge social commentary in venues such as the Universal Amphitheater and Constitution ...
FIRST-PERSON: Virtues make the best Valentines
  –  February 13, 2018
Respect. Aretha Franklin sang about it (R-E-S-P-E-C-T) and we need a new generation of men to hear it, honor it and heed it. Respect is better than roses, but don't forget the roses. David H. McKinley is pastor-teacher of Warren Baptist Church in Augusta ...
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe announces 2018-2019 season
  –  February 13, 2018
"I have fielded countless requests to bring the shows about Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin back; Raisin is the musical version of A Raisin in the Sun, which is one of our most-requested dramas; Black Nativity has been a crowd favorite since its debut in ...
Westcoast Troupe brings back favorites in ‘Command Season’
  –  February 13, 2018
His musical “Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul” will be back, along with “Love Sung in the Key of Aretha,” celebrating the music and influence of Aretha Franklin. Both will be updated and revised, to varying degrees, he said. For the new production of ...
EDITORIAL Maher has served his constituents well
  –  February 13, 2018
The recent announcements by graying musicians that they are embarking on farewell tours have made plenty of headlines, but A-listers like Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin aren’t the only ones eyeing retirements. There have recently been a rash of ...
Whitney, Winwood, T-Swift, Co. Present: 24 Love Songs for Your V-Day Workout
  –  February 12, 2018
We’re talking about tracks from Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys, Beyoncé, The Cure twice (that’s right, folks, twice, because it was simply unavoidable), Rihanna, Otis Redding, and others, that err on the side of romantic, and are chock full of sap ...
QUEENS OF SOUL Tribute Concert Comes to The Triad
  –  February 12, 2018
Featuring some of New York City's best vocal talent - culled from Broadway stages and church choirs alike - performing the beloved songs of soul singers such as Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion ...
Oscar Nominated ‘A Fantastic Woman’ Explores Identity and Empathy
  –  February 12, 2018
Some of the movie’s attempts at surrealism feel a bit silly, while other moments feel a little too on the nose or obvious—like when Marina cheers herself up by singing Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”—but these ...
Top 20 Best Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him
  –  February 11, 2018
You can choose from a few tracks depending on your Valentine’s musical taste, such as Bruno Mars, Aretha Franklin and more. Each card (which you can fill out with a sweet note of your own) comes with a real playable 7 inch 45 vinyl record that will play ...
Traveling Museum Is Bringing Black History to a Town Near You
  –  February 11, 2018
Aretha Franklin, Ike and Tina Turner. Shirley Chisholm runs that year [becoming the first black woman elected to the United States Congress]. I got Angela Davis pieces, Adam Clayton Powell pieces. In terms of sports, we got Arthur Ashe, Muhammad Ali.
Author creates musical equivalent of 'Cheers' bar
  –  February 11, 2018
(Music fans reading the book will hear in their heads the inspiring soundtrack that jumps from Aretha Franklin to Glenn Miller to Vivaldi.) Eventually, though, Frank’s all-vinyl record store can’t keep pace with increasing vacancy signs and, honestly ...
Paul Simon Joins Elton John, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin: Retiring from Touring, May Have New York Send Off with Art Garfunkel
  –  February 5, 2018
Paul Simon is outta here. A little update: Look for Simon probably with Garfunkel at Madison Square Garden. MSG has June 23-24 open before U2 arrives. Simon says: “I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider ...
Throwback Clip: Aretha Franklin talks writing ‘Day Dreaming’ about Dennis Edwards
  –  February 2, 2018
The music industry is mourning the death of Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards, whose soulful tunes touched and inspired generations of music lovers. While the Grammy-winning Motown star gave us songs like “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and “Cloud ...
Aretha Franklin, Marcus Belgrave to be honored by R&B Hall of Fame
  –  February 2, 2018
A pair of Detroit music legends -- Aretha Franklin and trumpeter Marcus Belgrave -- will be among the honorees at the 2018 R&B Hall of Fame induction ceremony taking place June 3 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Related: R&B ...
Jennifer Hudson to play Aretha Franklin in new biopic
  –  February 2, 2018
Deadline is reporting that Jennifer Hudson is set to take on the role of Aretha Franklin for a new biopic about the life of the Queen of Soul. The news was announced at a pre-Grammys party this past weekend by Clive Davis, who has enjoyed a long working ...
JAMAICA: Jennifer Hudson To Play Aretha Franklin In New Biopic
  –  January 31, 2018
RJR News / While she has appeared in nearly a dozen films since her breakout role as Effie White in 2006's Dreamgirls - for which she won an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG award - former American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson appears to have lined up another ...
Aretha Franklin Chose Jennifer Hudson To Star In Her Biopic
  –  January 31, 2018
Ever since making her cinematic debut in Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson has gone on to build a respectable acting résumé but her latest role may prove to be her most anticipated as she’s set to take on The Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin.
Jennifer Hudson Is Handpicked By Aretha Franklin for Biopic
  –  January 30, 2018
( Aretha Franklin's life story is headed for the big screen in a new biopic, and the Queen of Soul has handpicked the actress she wants in the lead role: Jennifer Hudson. Hudson's big news was revealed over the weekend at music exec Clive Davis ...
Jennifer Hudson Tapped For Aretha Franklin Biopic
  –  January 30, 2018
Jennifer Hudson will play music legend Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic. Music pioneer and mentor Clive Davis revealed the great news over the weekend when he introduced her at his annual pre-Grammys gala. “When the biopic of the great Aretha ...
Jennifer Hudson Confirmed to Star in Aretha Franklin Biopic
  –  January 29, 2018
Jennifer Hudson has been cast in the forthcoming Aretha Franklin biopic. Clive Davis revealed the news Saturday night at his annual pre-Grammys party, where the singer performed a medley of Franklin's hits—including "Respect," "Rock Steady" and "Think.
Who's Playing Aretha Franklin In Biopic?
  –  January 29, 2018
Aretha Franklin is one of music's biggest icons and divas. MGM is moving forward with a biopic of Franklin's life. Who will play Franklin? None other than Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Franklin is said to have chosen Hudson for the role herself. A movie ...
Aretha Franklin Chooses Jennifer Hudson To Star In MGM Queen Of Soul Film Biopic
  –  January 28, 2018
Deadline has been hearing about a Franklin project that MGM is acquiring and will finance. Franklin’s musical legacy spans six decades, from your first recording as a young gospel singer, to her most recent release, A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin with ...

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