Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin

(born 1942). The U.S. singer Aretha Franklin defined the golden age of soul music of the 1960s. In 1987 she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tenn. Aretha’s mother, Barbara, was a gospel singer and pianist. Her father, C.L. Franklin, presided over the New Bethel Baptist Church of Detroit, Mich., and was a minister of national influence. A singer himself, he was noted for his brilliant sermons, many of which were recorded by Chess Records.

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I Never Loved a Man (the Way I love you (“If Ever You Should Leave Me,” 1963 “Jump to It,” followed by “Freeway of Love” (1985).

In 1987 Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While her album sales in the 1990s and 2000s failed to approach the numbers of previous decades, Franklin remained the Queen of Soul, and in 2009 she electrified a crowd of more than one million with her performance of “My Country ’Tis of Thee” at the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.


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American singer who defined the golden age of soul music of the 1960s.Her parents separated when she was six, and Franklin remained with her father in Detroit. Her mother died when Aretha was 10 Franklin performed with her father on his gospel programs in major cities throughout the country and was recognized as a vocal prodigy. Her central influence, Clara Ward of the renowned Ward Singers, was a family friend. Other gospel greats of the day—Albertina Walker and Jackie Verdell—helped shape young Franklin’s style. Her album The Gospel Sound of Aretha Franklin (1956) captures the electricity of her performances as a 14-year-old.



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