Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

 

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Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was 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 achieving only modest success. After 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 she was being called "The Queen of Soul".

Franklin recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Young, Gifted and Black (1972) and Amazing Grace (1972) 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 the albums Jump to It (1982) and Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985), and her part in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. In 1998, Franklin received international acclaim for singing the opera aria "Nessun dorma" at the Grammys of that year, replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that year, she scored her final Top 40 song with "A Rose Is Still a Rose".

Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart's history. Franklin's other popular and well known hits include "Rock Steady", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", "Chain Of Fools", "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", "Something He Can Feel", "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael), and a remake of The Rolling Stones song "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.[1] Franklin was 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]

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Highlights14

A Brand New Me
 
A Brand New Me is the forty-second and final studio album by American recording artist Aretha Franklin and was released on November 10, 2017 by Rhino Records and Atlantic Records.
A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin
Album
A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin is an album by musical artist Aretha Franklin, released on November 10, 2017.
Border Song
Song
Border Song is a song by musical artist Aretha Franklin, released on October 13, 2017.
Respect
Song
Respect is a song by musical artist Aretha Franklin, released on September 15, 2017.

Photos - Aretha Franklin615

Popular Albums101

Album Appearances & References60

Popular Songs43

Song Appearances & References69

Musical Groups1

Musical Group References2

Films1

Popular Live Albums3

Soundtrack Film Appearances1

Minor Film Appearances & References5

TV Shows4

Other Music-Related Relationships5

Collaborators & Influencers104

Personal & Professional Relationships7

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships3

Awards & Nominations25

Famous Relatives5

Events2

You May Also Be Interested In51

Videos60

Spotify - Albums & Singles1165

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Appears On41

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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News Articles25

Aretha Franklin died of pancreatic cancer: What we know about it
  –  August 16, 2018
Pancreatic cancer, blamed in the death of music icon Aretha Franklin, is a disease that can kill rapidly. Henry Ford Health System says about 54,000 people each year in the U.S. are diagnosed with it. Most pancreatic cancers start in exocrine cells, which ...
'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic ...
Aretha Franklin: Stars pay tribute to 'the Queen of our souls'
  –  August 16, 2018
Stars from across the musical spectrum, from Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross to Sir Paul McCartney and Liam Gallagher, have paid homage to soul singer Aretha Franklin following her death at the age of 76. Ross praised her "wonderful golden spirit", while ...
'No one did it better' - Reaction to Aretha Franklin's death
  –  August 16, 2018
Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday: "Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and ...
Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America’s greatest singers in any style, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76. The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer, her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said.
'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin Dies
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin, the American singer known to millions of fans around the world as the “Queen of Soul,” has died at the age of 76. Franklin passed away Thursday in her hometown of Detroit, where she had been under hospice care after a long battle with ...
Aretha Franklin: 18 major events in the singer's life
  –  August 16, 2018
A timeline of major events in the life and work of Aretha Franklin: March 1942 — Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father, a prominent Baptist minister with gospel-music connections, would move the family briefly to Buffalo before ...
Aretha Franklin remembered across sports world
  –  August 16, 2018
The Detroit Lions were among the first organizations to release a statement on Franklin’s death. “Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin,” the Lions said. “Aretha was a groundbreaker and an icon whose legacy will live ...
AP PHOTOS: A Look Back at Aretha Franklin's Life, Successes
  –  August 16, 2018
DETROIT (AP) — Early in 1967 when she was already a music industry veteran but had only a few minor hits to show for it, Aretha Franklin recorded "Respect" and sent herself into superstardom. The song was released as a single and was the lead track on ...
Say a little prayer for Aretha Franklin: Iconic soul singer passes away at 76
  –  August 16, 2018
Legendary singer Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76, following time in hospice care. Franklin died Thursday morning, August 16, in her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement from her longtime publicist ...
Aretha Franklin Died on Same Day as Elvis Presley
  –  August 16, 2018
The Queen and King have something else in common. Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday following a battle with cancer, passed away on the 41st anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. Presley a.k.a. “The King” died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42.
Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul' whose reign spanned decades, dies at 76
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin — the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and known as the "Queen of Soul" for powerful anthems like "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" — died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit. She was 76. Franklin died of ...
Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, 1942-2018
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin forged her reputation as the Queen of Soul in just a fraction of her career — over less than five years in her twenties. Between 1967 and 1972, she released eight studio albums on Atlantic Records — and three live albums — that ...
Aretha Franklin, 'the queen of soul', dies aged 76
  –  August 16, 2018
One song, six decades: Aretha Franklin sings (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - video The great American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, her representative has said. She was reported to have been gravely ill with her family at ...
Aretha Franklin Dead at 76: Remembering the Queen of Soul's Life in Pictures
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76. The singer passed away at home in Detroit at 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, the star's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed to the Associated Press (via NBC News). She was surrounded by family and loved ones. According to ...
WATCH: Obituary for Aretha Franklin, 'The Queen of Soul'
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin, known famously as "The Queen of Soul," has died at age 76. Simply put, Franklin was arguably the greatest woman singer of the modern music era. With a voice that moved easily between thunderous power and wondrous finesse, she was the woman ...
Celebrity Fans And Friends React To Aretha Franklin's Death With Loving Tributes
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin died at her home in Detroit on Thursday, her publicist confirmed to The Associated Press in a statement. She was 76. Reports that the singer was seriously ill surfaced earlier this week and many celebrity fans and friends ― including ...
'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin has died at 76
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin, the multi-Grammy Award-winning singer who is the undisputed "Queen of Soul" died Thursday at age 76. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in ...
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Dies at 76
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced ...
Aretha Franklin Dead: Singer Dies at Age 76
  –  August 16, 2018
“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul,” Franklin’s family said in a statement via her longtime publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. “Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday ...
31 Photos To Commemorate Aretha Franklin's Life And Music
  –  August 16, 2018
Gospel singer Aretha Franklin died Thursday at age 76. Franklin’s storied singing career spanned many decades and influenced generations of musicians. Below is a tribute to her peerless legacy with some of her most beautiful and legendary photos.
Aretha Franklin, 'Queen of Soul,' dead at 76
  –  August 16, 2018
The iconic singer who voiced soul classics such as 'Respect,' 'Think,' and 'Chain of Fools,' has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.
Soul Icon Aretha Franklin Dies at Age 76
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin—the Queen of Soul and first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose songs like “Respect” and “Natural Woman” still move audiences decades after their release—died on Thursday at the age of 76. Franklin ...
AP Newsbreak: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76
  –  August 16, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ”I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died ...
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Has Died of Pancreatic Cancer at Age 76
  –  August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin, the self-taught piano prodigy, vocalist and songwriter who first conquered the charts in the late ’60s and never relinquished her throne, died Thursday morning of advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, her publicist ...

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