Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin was an American singer and songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul." Franklin began singing in her father's congregation as a young girl and released her first album, Songs of Faith, in 1956. She originally signed with Columbia Records in 1961 before moving over to Atlantic Records in 1967, where she found immediate success with her hit, "I've Never Loved a Man."

Franklin's first number one hit came that same year with her cover of Otis Redding's "Respect," which also won Franklin her first two Grammy Awards. The song subsequently became a civil rights anthem throughout the late '60s and '70s. Some of Franklin's other Top 10 hits include "Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)," (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone," "Baby I Love You'' and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."

Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards throughout her career — eight of which were consecutive wins for best R&B female vocal performance from 1967 to 1974. Additionally, she received invitations to sing at the inauguration of three U.S. presidents, including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. In 1987, Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She died on August 16, 2018, at the age of 76.
Aretha Franklin
Full Name
Aretha Louise Franklin
Hometown
Memphis, TN
Born
03/25/1942
Died
08/16/2018 (Age: 76)

FAQs

How did Aretha Franklin die?

Aretha Franklin passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2018. She was 76 years old.

How many children did Aretha Franklin have?

Aretha Franklin had four sons. She gave birth to Clarence Franklin in 1955 when she was 12. Two years later, she had Edward Franklin in 1957. Franklin's other two sons are Teddy Richards (born in 1964) and Kecalf Cunningham (born in 1970).

Who was Aretha Franklin married to?

Aretha Franklin was married to Ted White, who was also her manager, from 1961 to 1969. She was married to actor Glynn Turman from 1978 to 1984.

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