Aretha Franklin - Songs


Aretha Franklin is an iconic soul-R&B singer who became famous in the late 1960s. Along with her sisters Carolyn (May 13, 1944 - April 25, 1988) and Erma (March 13, 1938 - September 7, 2002), who would later also become recording artists, Franklin grew up singing gospel at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church where her father, Reverend C. L. Franklin, was the minister. Her early musical influences included such luminaries as Albertina Walker, Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward who were frequent guests at the Franklin's home.

In 1960, Aretha Franklin made her first appearance on the national charts scoring a Top 10 R&B hit with "Today I Sing The Blues." This song was followed by a very long string of hits that continued on the Pop/Rock, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts through the late 1990s. She had her first Top 10 pop hit in 1967 with "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)," and shortly thereafter, her fame soared with her anthemic signature song, "Respect," which topped both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts. Her many top hits also include "Chain Of Fools" (1968), "Think" (1968), "Day Dreaming" (1972), "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me" (1987), and "A Rose Is Still A Rose" (1998). In most of her songs, Franklin's delivery is generally fiery and passionate, but she also shows a softer side in "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" and other ballads.

Dubbed the "Queen Of Soul," Aretha Franklin was the top female soul artist of the 1960s, and her rich and powerful vocals have brought her much critical acclaim. She was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as being one of the greatest singers of all time, and over the years, she has received numerous honors and accolades that include being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2009, she sang at the 56th Presidential Inauguration, and she will remain a national institution for years to come.


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