American musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist

Aretha Franklin is ...

Dead
Born 25 Mar 1942 in Memphis
Died 16 Aug 2018 in Detroit
Age76 years, 4 months
Causepancreatic cancer
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Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin
Verbatim from the source: “The Queen of Soul — Aretha Franklin — was waiting for her cue during ‘The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House’ when I noticed her close her eyes in silence for a few seconds while standing in the doorway between the Green Room and East Room before she was ready to begin her performance.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

About Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, actress, and pianist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. At age 18, she embarked on a secular career recording for Columbia Records. However, she achieved only modest success. Franklin found acclaim and commercial success after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as "Respect", "Chain of Fools", "Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", and "I Say a Little Prayer", propelled Franklin past her musical peers. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as "The Queen of Soul". She continued to record acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Spirit in the Dark (1970), Young, Gifted and Black (1972), Amazing Grace (1972), and Sparkle (1976) before experiencing problems with her record company. Franklin left Atlantic in 1979 and signed with Arista Records. She appeared in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers before releasing the successful albums Jump to It (1982), Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985), and Aretha (1986) on the Arista label. In 1998, Franklin returned to the top 40 with the Lauryn Hill-produced song "A Rose Is Still a Rose", later issuing the album of the same name, which went gold. That same year, Franklin earned international acclaim for her performance of "Nessun dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in at the last minute for Luciano Pavarotti, who had cancelled after the show had already begun. In 2015, she paid tribute to singer/songwriter and honoree Carole King by singing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center Honors. Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in history. Franklin's other well-known hits include "Rock Steady", "Call Me", "Ain't No Way", "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)", "Spanish Harlem", "Day Dreaming", "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", "Something He Can Feel", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (a duet with George Michael). She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from 1968 through to 1975, and she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Franklin is listed in two all-time lists by Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2008, she was ranked by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 greatest singer of all time.

She is also known as Aretha Louise Franklin and Queen of Soul.

Death

On August 13, 2018, Franklin was reported to be gravely ill at her home in Riverfront Towers, Detroit. She was under hospice care and surrounded by friends and family. Stevie Wonder, Jesse Jackson and ex-husband Glynn Turman visited her on her deathbed. Franklin died at her home on August 16, 2018, aged 76, without a will. The cause was reported to be advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. Numerous celebrities in the entertainment industry and politicians paid tribute to Franklin, including former U.S. president Barack Obama who said she "helped define the American experience". Civil rights activist and minister Al Sharpton called her a "civil rights and humanitarian icon".

A memorial service was held at New Bethel Baptist Church on August 19. Thousands then paid their respects during the public laying-in-repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The August 31 Homegoing Service held at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, included multiple tributes by celebrities, politicians, friends and family members and was streamed by some news agencies such as Fox News, CNN, The Word Network, BET and MSNBC. Among those who paid tribute to Aretha at the service were Ariana Grande, Bill Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan, Faith Hill, Fantasia, The Clark Sisters, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Holliday, Jennifer Hudson, Shirley Caesar, Stevie Wonder, Eric Holder, Gladys Knight, Tyler Perry, Smokey Robinson, and Yolanda Adams.

Following a telecast procession up Seven Mile Road, Franklin was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.

Albums

Aretha Franklin has been involved with:

Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings
compilation album
Through the Storm
album by Aretha Franklin
Aretha Live at Fillmore West
1971
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
album by Aretha Franklin
1967
Amazing Grace
album by Aretha Franklin
2016
Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen
compilation album by Aretha Franklin
2007
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
1987
A Rose Is Still a Rose
album by Aretha Franklin
1998
Lady Soul
album
Love All the Hurt Away
album by Aretha Franklin
Aretha
Young, Gifted and Black
album
Spirit in the Dark
studio album by Aretha Franklin
1970
What You See Is What You Sweat
album by Aretha Franklin
1991
Jump to It
album by Aretha Franklin
1982
La Diva
album by Aretha Franklin
Aretha Arrives
album by Aretha Franklin
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1
album
Get It Right
album by Aretha Franklin
1983
Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)
album by Aretha Franklin
Aretha Now
album
Let Me in Your Life
album by Aretha Franklin
1974
With Everything I Feel in Me
album
Laughing on the Outside
album by Aretha Franklin
Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington
album by Aretha Franklin
Sweet Passion
album by Aretha Franklin
Sparkle
Aretha Franklin album
You
album by Aretha Franklin
The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin
album by Aretha Franklin
Almighty Fire
album by Aretha Franklin
This Christmas
album by Aretha Franklin
2008
The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
album
Yeah!!!
album by Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin - Greatest Hits
compilation album by Aretha Franklin
Aretha in Paris
live album by Aretha Franklin
Soft and Beautiful
album by Aretha Franklin
A Deeper Love: The Best of Aretha Franklin
compilation album by Aretha Franklin
2009
Aretha Sings the Blues
compilation album by Aretha Franklin
Songs of Faith
album
1956
The Best of Aretha Franklin
compilation album by Aretha Franklin
Soul Sister
album by Aretha Franklin
Take It Like You Give It
Aretha Franklin album
Take a Look
album by Aretha Franklin