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Aretha Franklin Exclusive

Starting Her CareerAretha started to sing with a booming voice and be a pianist at a young age. The astonishing part was that she taught herself how to play piano, and she didn’t know how to read music! She started to use her gifted talent in her father’s religious gathering. Then, she decided to sing and record her own tracks at the church when she was just fourteen! Her father had a revival show that toured, Aretha was allowed perform in it. In 1960, as a high school dropout, she left Detroit and headed to New York to sign with Columbia Records. There, she released her first album, The Great Aretha Franklin.

Aretha Franklin

Age: 72Religion: BaptistBirth Date: March 25, 1942

Early LifeOn March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, Clarence La Vaughan (C.J.) Franklin and Barbara Siggers Franklin had their fourth child. They named her Aretha Louise Franklin. C.J. was a Baptist preacher and Barbara was a gospel singer. Growing up was difficult with these events that occurred: at the age of six, Aretha’s parents split up. Then four years later, when Aretha Franklin was ten, her mom died from a heart attack. After she passed away, C.J. moved the family up to Detroit, Michigan. In Detroit, he started to preach at New Bethel Baptist Church.

Happy NewsOne of my resources says, “In 1985, Franklin released another smash-hit album. The polished pop record Who's Zoomin' Who? featured the single ‘Freeway of Love,’ as well as a collaboration with the popular rock band the Eurythmics. The record became Aretha's biggest-selling album yet.” Her big hit album, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism was released in 1987. January 3, 1987, Aretha Franklin was the first woman to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! 1991 was the year she received the GRAMMY Legend Award. Then, 1994 was the year Aretha received the GRAMMY LIfetime Achievement Award! She loved piano and in 1997 she was accepted into Juilliard School of Music for classic piano. Later, on September 1, 1999, she published her own autobiography, Aretha: From These Roots, I hope I’ll get to read that book!

In this time period, America was a discrimination. White people segregated against African Americans. It was hard for Aretha Franklin to pursue her dream as a musician at this time since people were treating her unfair.

GRAMMYs and More GRAMMYs Her last recording with Arista, was released in 2003. Then, Aretha’s Records was founded! Aretha wasn’t just famous in America, she was famous in the UK, too. She was the second woman ever to be inducted in the UK Music Hall of Fame! She earned the name “Queen of Soul”. In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom to Aretha. Her last GRAMMY was received in 2008 for “Never Gonna Break My Faith” which was a collaboration with Mary J. Blige, making a lifetime total of 18 GRAMMYs!

Difficult TimesAretha’s new album, Amazing Grace sold more than two million units, in 1972 the album was the best gospel album! She met a man named Glynn Turman who was an actor, director, composer, acting teacher, and a rodeo performer! April 11, 1978, they married. Tragic news, burglars shot Aretha’s dad in his home in the year of 1979 and he stayed in a coma. In ‘80, she released “Think” in the movie she appeared in called, “The Blues Brothers”. She didn’t want to associate with Atlantic Records anymore from chart failures, so the famous Aretha Franklin signed with Arista to keep her music career going. These times were difficult for her. C.J.’s health was going downhill and high paid bills from the IRS were coming in. Aretha moved back to the Detroit area in 1982 (where she still lives today). In 1984, her father, C.J. Franklin passed away. Two years later Turman and Franklin’s relationship ended. Aretha had many challenges that she faced.

ChangesSeven years after being with Columbia Records, Aretha signed with Atlantic Records. She was fifteen and gave birth to her first child. In the next two years, she already had her second child! The two babies were both boys, their names were Clarence and Edward. Her hit “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody” was No. 37 on the top chart. She married Ted White in 1961, Ted was a realtor and manager. They had their first baby together, Teddy Jr. Though, Ted and Aretha’s relationship only lasted for eight years. In 1969 they divorced.

Devastation drifted throughout the world on February 11, 2012. Whitney Houston, an outstanding singer, died. This loss really hurt Aretha because Whitney was Aretha’s goddaughter.

The Woman We Still Know Her as TodayAretha Franklin has inspired multiple women to seek their musical talent and use their gift. Before, I thought Aretha was another one of those greats, having a good life, but I discovered she overcame a lot of challenges. I’m so glad that I decided to research her because now I know so many things: Aretha is an award winning singer, actress, pianist, and songwriter. Aretha Franklin has inspired me--the “Queen of Soul” still reigns.

Aretha's HitsOne of the most famous songs of Aretha Franklin was released in 1967 called “Respect”. It came out in the album I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You and it won two GRAMMYs. In 1968, Aretha Franklin released “Chain of Fools” as a single hit. Then, “Chain of Fools” showed up on some of her albums. The song “Chain of Fools”, reached the U.S. R&B chart at No. 1! In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. presented Aretha with the SCLC Drum Beat Award. Sadly On April 9, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had his funeral service, Aretha Franklin sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” at the funeral. Early 70’s, her fourth son, Kecalf Cunningham was born into the world. Kecalf’s father is Ken Cunningham.

One of the hits that the "Queen of Souls" is known for is the song "Respect".

I chose this video of Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" because this song is my favorite of hers and it received multiple awards.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T


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