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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

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Aretha Franklin Lawyers Up to Shut Down Movie Release

Aretha Franklin
Demands R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Lawyers Up to Stop Movie

Aretha Franklin is throwing her significantly reduced weight around ... trying to stop the release of a never-before-seen film documenting the making of her 1972 live album "Amazing Grace."The… READ MORE >

Aretha Franklin -- Black Is Slimming

Aretha Franklin -- Black Is Slimming

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin proved she's half the singer she used to be ... by looking fab in a black gown at a charity gala in NYC last night.Fortunately, there's one thing the slimmed down… READ MORE >

- 1331 days ago
Aretha Franklin Attends NBA Game

Aretha Franklin Attends NBA Game

Aretha Franklin made her first public appearance in 2011, hitting up the MiamiHeat/Detroit Pistons game with Jesse Jackson in Detroit last night.Franklin underwent surgery for an undisclosed… READ MORE >

- 1412 days ago
Aretha Franklin's Surgery 'Successful'

Aretha Franklin's Surgery 'Successful'

Aretha Franklin underwent a successful surgery recently -- but no one really knows what for. Franklin released a statement yesterday saying the surgery was "highly successful," but gave no other… READ MORE >

- 1483 days ago
Condoleezza & Aretha Make Beautiful Music Together

Condoleezza & Aretha
Make Beautiful Music Together

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has a new tour of duty ... performing with Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.Condi -- who is a classically trained pianist -- tickled the ivories as Aretha… READ MORE >

- 1611 days ago
Aretha Franklin -- 2 Days, 2 Weaves, 1 Dress

Aretha Franklin -- 2 Days, 2 Weaves, 1 Dress

After wearing this sparkling copper gown with a dyed-to-match polyester wig to the Tony Awards on Sunday (left), Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin wore it again on Monday -- but this time with a… READ MORE >

- 1654 days ago
Aretha Franklin -- Blondes Have More Fun

Aretha Franklin -- Blondes Have More Fun

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin pulled a Lindsay Lohan and showed off her highlighted blonder new hairdo in NYC on Wednesday.Wearing a pearl necklace, bright sunny top, short shorts and vacation… READ MORE >

- 1673 days ago
Aretha Franklin Doesn't Give a Chuck

Aretha Franklin Doesn't Give a Chuck

It's hard to look at this photo of Aretha Franklin without immediately noticing her ... sneakers.The Queen of Soul showed up to the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony with her Converse… READ MORE >

- 1848 days ago
Aretha Franklin -- The Queen's Latest Crown

Aretha Franklin -- The Queen's Latest Crown

After sparking a fashion frenzy with her big-bowed Inauguration headgear, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin rocked another fabulous chapeau while walking on her own power near Central Park on… READ MORE >

- 1927 days ago
Aretha Takes Twins for Walk

Aretha
Takes Twins for Walk

Looking delicious as ever, Aretha Franklin went to Jimmy Choo for shoes yesterday -- and when she took off, she showed off her lovely pair. READ MORE >

- 2009 days ago

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