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Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942) is a Memphis, Tennessee-born but Detroit, Michigan-reared American iconic gospel, soul, and R&B singer. Many have called her "The Queen Of Soul" and "Lady Soul". She is renowned for her soul and R&B recordings (on many, of which, she accompanies herself on keyboards and piano -- a skill she learned at an early age, learning to play by ear, according to lifetime friend Smokey Robinson) but is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, and gospel. She is generally regarded as one of the best vocalists ever by such industry publications/media outlets as Rolling Stone and VH1, due to her phenomenal technical and interpretative talents. Adept at the piano as well as having a gifted voice, Franklin became a child prodigy. By the age of fourteen, she signed a record deal with Battle Records, where her father Reverend C.L. Franklin recorded his sermons and gospel vocal recordings, and she issued Songs of Faith in 1956. She is the second most honored female popular singer in Grammy history (after Alison Krauss), having won eighteen competitive Grammys (including an unprecedented eleven for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, eight of them consecutive). The state of Michigan has declared her voice to be a natural wonder. Franklin is perhaps best-known for her interpretation of Otis Redding's Respect, recorded in 1967 with sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin. Many of her songs, however, were originals that have since been covered by other artists. Some of her best-known compositions include (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone, Ain't No Way, All the King's Horses, Baby, Baby, Baby, Call Me, Dr. Feelgood, Rock Steady, Spirit in the Dark, and Think (which she performed in the film The Blues Brothers). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tracks We Played

Chain of Fools

Lady Soul
Last Played on February 12, 2015 11:30am

Respect

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Last Played on February 08, 2015 6:48am

Satisfaction

Last Played on January 19, 2015 11:18pm

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland (Single)
Last Played on December 24, 2014 5:32pm

Think

Aretha Now
Last Played on May 27, 2014 12:05am

One Step Ahead

A Bit of Soul
Last Played on February 08, 2014 11:35am

Rock Steady

Young, Gifted And Black
Last Played on January 11, 2014 7:09pm

AIN'T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING

(YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN

ELEANOR RIGBY

This Girls In Love With You

ONE STEP AHEAD

Take A Look

LET IT BE

This Girl's in Love With You

RESPECT

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

RESPECT

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

RESPECT

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You