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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. In a recording career that has spanned over half a century, Franklin's repertoire has included gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, pop, rock and funk. Franklin is known as one of the most important popularizers of the soul music genre and is referred to as the Queen of Soul, a title she was given early in her career. Franklin, the daughter of prominent Baptist minister and activist C. L. Franklin, began her singing career singing in her father's church at the age of ten and started recording four years later. After several years in the gospel circuit and with her father's blessing, she formed a secular pop music career at the age of eighteen, signing with Columbia Records, where she was branded by its CEO John Hammond as his most important act since Billie Holiday. Franklin's Columbia period wasn't as successful as hoped and in late 1966, Franklin switched over to Atlantic Records, where she began recording a string of popular hits including "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Think", "Chain of Fools" and what later became her signature

Aretha Franklin -- Rolling in the Cleav (PHOTO)

Aretha Franklin
Rolling in the Cleav

Even Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin needs support from time to time.'Retha's making headlines for her amazing cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" -- and she was showing off her ball gown swag… READ MORE >

Aretha Franklin P-I-S-S-E-D at Johnny Rockets

Aretha Franklin
P-I-S-S-E-D At Johnny Rockets

Aretha Franklin had a malt-down at a Johnny Rockets in Niagara Falls ... after one of it servers screamed at her for trying to eat her takeout order inside the restaurant.  Franklin… READ MORE >

- 564 days ago
Aretha Franklin -- Hey Music Execs ... Do Me a Solid!

Aretha Franklin
Hey Music Execs ... Do Me a Solid!

Aretha Franklin got everything for her birthday she could possibly want except for one thing. Okay, two ... sorry -- THREE things. Not often you hear a queen begging, but that's exactly what… READ MORE >

- 689 days ago
Aretha Franklin -- My Family Members Need Record Deals

Aretha Franklin
My Family Members Need Record Deals

It's Aretha Franklin's birthday, and if you wanna make the Queen of Soul happy all you gotta do is sign her son to a record deal ... and her grandson ... and her granddaughter.The now 72-year old… READ MORE >

- 691 days ago
Obama Has Nothing But R-S-P-E-C-T For Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin
Obama Has Nothing But R-S-P-E-C-T For Her

President Obama blew one of the most iconic signature lines in the history of music Thursday night ... as he paid homage to Aretha Franklin at The White House.Obama touted Aretha's iconic song… READ MORE >

- 706 days ago
Aretha Franklin to Kim Kardashian -- Babies Belong at Home, NOT ON TOUR!!!

Aretha to Kim K
Babies Belong at Home NOT ON TOUR!!!

Kim Kardashian should think twice about taking her newborn baby on tour with Kanye West ... so says Aretha Franklin. Aretha was out in NYC today when we told her about Kim's plans to join… READ MORE >

- 1000 days ago
Aretha Franklin -- Singing In The Shower ... The Movie!

Aretha Franklin
Singing in the Shower ... Worst Movie Ever

Aretha Franklin 'fessed up to us that she sings in the shower -- like millions of other people -- yet Harvey is so astounded ... he sees the plot of a hit movie! The eyes are often first to… READ MORE >

- 1156 days ago
Aretha Franklin -- I Want to Be the Next 'American Idol' Judge!

Aretha Franklin
I Want to Be the Next 'American Idol' Judge

Dry your tears, "Idol" fans -- Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are out, but something even better might be in store for you ... Aretha Franklin is officially putting her hat in the ring to be the… READ MORE >

- 1306 days ago
Aretha Franklin -- The $40,000 Eat-and-Run

Aretha Franklin
The $40,000 Eat-and-Run

Aretha Franklin just left Sarah Jessica Parker's $40,000 a-plate dinner party ... after spending just 20 MINUTES INSIDE ... that's $2,000-per minute!!!!! Aretha -- who was the first to arrive… READ MORE >

- 1336 days ago
Aretha Franklin -- Calls in Sick to Whitney Houston's Funeral, But Performs in NYC That Night

Aretha Franklin
Calls in Sick to Whitney's Funeral But Performs Hours Later

Aretha Franklin canceled her scheduled appearance at Whitney Houston's funeral service in New Jersey yesterday afternoon ... but was well enough to perform at Radio City Music Hall that… READ MORE >

- 1453 days ago

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