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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Releasing the ‘Power of Peace’: Santana joins forces with the Isley Brothers — fulfilling a lifelong dream of his
  –  March 2, 2018
He’s a supreme singer, not unlike (Enrico) Caruso, Marvin Gaye or Billie Holiday. If Aretha Franklin is the queen, then Ronnie is the king. They are on a whole other supreme level of sculpting notes.” For Blackman, the fruition of her husband’s ...
Boston’s most radical TV show blew the minds of a stoned generation in 1967
  –  March 2, 2018
Cut back to the woman telling Silver about an impending “cataclysmic event.” Microcuts to old commercials. Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” starts to play. Behind Silver and the lady in the red dress, a dozen young people dance wildly. Seated to their ...
Kenny G Is Coming To The Arcada
  –  March 1, 2018
He has since worked with big-name R&B superstars including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra and recently announced a historic tour where he will co-headline with jazz legend George Benson, according to the ...
Exclusive: Mars Inc. chairman and heir talks competition and his push for sustainability
  –  March 1, 2018
“Muscle Shoals,” about the two legendary Alabama recording studios that birthed iconic recordings by Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Elton John and were home to The Swampers, the house band that performed on dozens of hit song
She coined the term ‘glass ceiling.’ She fears it will outlive her.
  –  March 1, 2018
Over the years, the term has become universally recognized shorthand for a complex problem and has been uttered by some of the most well-known women in modern history, including Madeleine Albright, Aretha Franklin and Oprah Winfrey. Hillary Clinton turned ...
Iconic Rocker Peter Wolf to Grace Plymouth Stage
  –  March 1, 2018
His solo work has seen him collaborate with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Merle Haggard, John Lee Hooker, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Little Milton, Wilson Pickett, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case. Wolf temporarily reunited with his J. Geils Band cohorts for ...
Juke Box Heroes: Foreigner tour stopping in Greensburg
  –  March 1, 2018
Instead, he said he grew up with R&B and blues, and was more familiar with singles in front of a band, like Rod Stewart and Aretha Franklin. “It wasn’t until way later that I understood groups like The Who and Led Zeppelin, where the singer was melded ...
Trump should tell the White House Press Corps to pound sand — again
  –  March 1, 2018
Other performers include Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. But the WHCA skews toward comedians, so there’s been some big names there, too, like Danny Thomas, Milton Berle, Peter Sellers, The Smothers Brothers, Richard Pryor, Jay Leno and ...
The fascinating journey of Frank Filia
  –  March 1, 2018
The list includes Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Red Fox, Tom Jones and Buddy Greco. With the competition understandably stiff, it took Filia a while to land a steady job as a good “minor ...
Showtime at the Apollo Exclusive: Will These Peppy Roller Skaters Meet the Sandman?
  –  February 28, 2018
Alongside Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, other music icons who have performed at the Apollo Theater include Prince, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill. Showtime at the Apollo, hosted by Steve Harvey and Adrienne Houghton ...
What Hath Whole Foods Wrought? 125th Street Grapples With History Amid Retail Transformation
  –  February 28, 2018
Harlem’s 125th Street is home to landmarks like the Apollo Theater and the Cotton Club, where titans of African-American culture, from Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to Lauryn Hill and Chris Rock, have performed. These days ...
The Story Behind The Song: I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner
  –  February 28, 2018
“But I was still looking for ways to enhance it in a spiritual way,” he remembers. “I’d even considered approaching Aretha Franklin. “In the end I was having lunch with a guy who ran a gospel music label. He sent me a bunch of albums, and one was ...
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell® Sweepstakes
  –  February 27, 2018
This year, music legends such as Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Sting and Jimmy Buffett will be performing at the festival, and as a member you have the chance to win a trip for two to see them! To view the full schedule of all performing musicians ...
Here's All the Chair-Turning 'Voice' Auditions From the Season 14 Premiere
  –  February 27, 2018
Kyla Jade, "See Saw" by Aretha Franklin Singing Aretha Franklin is no small feat. But the Nashville singer gave a convincing rendition of the classic, with a voice that is comparable to the queen's, hitting the highs and lows with ease. Britton Buchanan ...
  –  February 27, 2018
"And fuck all the rock 'n' roll bands — if you want to get really romantic, look at all the soul acts they signed, like Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. We're talking about the bedrock, soul and blues, some of the most important recordings in the history ...
‘The Voice’ Season 14 Premiere Is an All-Out Kelly/Blake Battle
  –  February 27, 2018
Alas for Shelton, Cartelli chose Clarkson and received a custom "14" jersey to welcome her on board. Jade chose an upbeat "See Saw" by Aretha Franklin, which Clarkson immediately bonded with (she's a fan, and sang Franklin on American Idol). However ...
The Voice Recap: Kelly Clarkson Joins the Panel!
  –  February 27, 2018
Her solo performance on The Voice was something else. She needs to make a clause in her contract with the show that only allows her to perform Aretha Franklin songs because there was something so compelling about her performance. She knew what was ...
Soul music plays on at DJ's Record Shop
  –  February 27, 2018
The Staple Singers. Booker T. and the M.G.’s. Eddie Floyd. Joe Tex. Aretha Franklin. Al Green. Johnny Taylor. Sam & Dave. Mercy. I'll take you there ... It’s the soundtrack for the world inside DJ’s, which is some 3,200 square feet in size ...
‘The Voice’ Season 14 premiere: Welcome to ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’!
  –  February 27, 2018
But her Aretha Franklin cover lacked spark. This was the performance of, well, a background singer — not a star. Who turned? Kelly, Blake. Result: Team Blake. Another upset! Kyla bonded with Kelly over Aretha (Kelly’s breakthrough Idol song was ...
Kelly Clarkson Makes Her Coaching Debut on 'The Voice'
  –  February 27, 2018
LaMarr joined Team Adam. Nashville artist Kyla Jade was up next, singing “See Saw” by Aretha Franklin. She has been singing professionally as one of former The Voice coach Jennifer Hudson’s background singers. It was a magnetic performance ...
Kyla Jade Hits the Blind Auditions Hard as a Contestant on ‘The Voice’ Season 14
  –  February 27, 2018
For her blind audition on the show, she blew away the judges with her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s song “See Saw.” In support of Jade, Jones told PATH Megazine that, “Kyla has been a great support to my ministry for two plus years and has made a ...
Rolling Stones Plan European Tour Despite Retirements of Other Rock Stars: “We’re Not Finished Yet”
  –  February 26, 2018
Their combined age is 2,700. Other rock stars like Elton John, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, Aretha Franklin are ending their tour days. Not the Stones! Keith Richards said in an earlier post: “We aren’t finished yet!” NO FILTER!
Destroyer Spins Music From The Fall, Aretha Franklin, Donovan At CPR's OpenAir
  –  February 26, 2018
Dan Bejar has been making music as Destroyer for more than two decades. Over that time the Canadian singer-songwriter has become one of indie rock's most gripping lyricists while exploring a diverse range of genres and sounds. Bejar released his 12th ...
The 14 Best Songs To Sing For Your Ultimate Karaoke Performance
  –  February 26, 2018
Every karaoke session needs the special, groovy Marvin Gaye touch. 8. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin THAT DAMN CHORUS. Choose this one only if you're capable of singing sort of on pitch, ‘cause it requires a lot of vocal ...
Premiere: Alex Hepburn Samples Aretha Franklin For New Single "I Believe"
  –  February 21, 2018
Scottish born, London based singer/songwriter Alex Hepburn delivers a heartfelt, soul-drenched vocals in new single "I Believe", over a sample taken from Aretha Franklin's "People Get Ready" who she says is "one of the most beautiful and strong ...
'I would have had an easier time f---ing Aretha Franklin'; Chris Rock shut down by Rihanna
  –  February 19, 2018
Chris Rock was rejected by Rihanna after he tried to chat her up at a party following his divorce. The 53-year-old comedian split from his wife of 18 years, Malaak Compton, in 2014 after repeatedly cheating on her, and was attempting to get back into ...
Chris Rock Failed Hard When Trying To Hit On Rihanna: ‘I Would Have Had An Easier Time With Aretha Franklin’
  –  February 18, 2018
Chris Rock had plenty of unique and interesting stories to share on his new Netflix comedy special “Chris Rock: Tamborine”. The longtime comedian opened up about his divorce from Malaak Compton-Rock, his wife of 18 years, in 2016. Exploring the ...
'I would have had an easier time f****** Aretha Franklin': Chris Rock recalls humiliating time when Rihanna rejected him because she 'looked at me like I was one of her aunts'
  –  February 16, 2018
Chris Rock was rejected by Rihanna because he’s too old for her, the comedian revealed in his new Netflix special. Rock, 53, recalled the embarrassing episode in his latest stand-up special, Chris Rock: Tamborine, which began streaming on Netflix earlier ...

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