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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 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 >

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 >

- 1317 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 >

- 1445 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 >

- 1488 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 >

- 1507 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 >

- 1682 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 >

- 1761 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 >

- 1843 days ago
Aretha Franklin Looks Corny

Aretha Franklin Looks Corny

Looking like your aunt from Massapequa, Long Island getting ready to board the Greyhound to Atlantic City, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin -- and her toe growth -- checked out of a NYC hotel on… READ MORE >

- 1900 days ago
Aretha Franklin -- Oh, Yeaahh!

Aretha Franklin
Oh, Yeaahh!

Here's 66-year-old Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin (left) at a concert in NYC this weekend -- and the infamous Kool-Aid Man (right).One of them is known for bursting through walls. READ MORE >

- 2035 days ago

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