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Also Known As: Aretha Louise Franklin Died:
Born: March 25, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, USA Profession:

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Gifted with one of the most remarkable voices in the history of recorded music, Aretha Franklin poured her heart and soul into every riveting performance. The undisputed "Queen of Soul," Franklin began singing gospel music before establishing a successful career as a recording artist who tackled various genres, from jazz to rhythm & blues to opera, all with the same amount of conviction and masterful technique. Franklin's body of work included some of the most loved songs of all time, including the civil rights and female empowerment anthem "Respect" (1967), and the equally uplifting ballad "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (1967). With a commanding presence that rivaled royalty whenever she stepped onstage, Franklin captivated music lovers of all ages, races, and walks of life while receiving the highest honors and praise from music critics and even world leaders. Franklin broke new ground in 1987 as the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a crowning achievement for an artist who deserved to be called the greatest singer of all time.

Gifted with one of the most remarkable voices in the history of recorded music, Aretha Franklin poured her heart and soul into every riveting performance. The undisputed "Queen of Soul," Franklin began singing gospel music before establishing a successful career as a recording artist who tackled various genres, from jazz to rhythm & blues to opera, all with the same amount of conviction and masterful technique. Franklin's body of work included some of the most loved songs of all time, including the civil rights and female empowerment anthem "Respect" (1967), and the equally uplifting ballad "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (1967). With a commanding presence that rivaled royalty whenever she stepped onstage, Franklin captivated music lovers of all ages, races, and walks of life while receiving the highest honors and praise from music critics and even world leaders. Franklin broke new ground in 1987 as the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a crowning achievement for an artist who deserved to be called the greatest singer of all time.

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 Muscle Shoals (2013)
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 Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) Mrs Murphy
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 Blues Brothers, The (1980) Soul Food Cafe Owner
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 45th Annual Grammy Awards, The (2003) Presenter
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 2001: The Year in Music (2001) Interviewee
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1956:
Released her debut album <i>Songs of Faith</i>
1960:
Signed with Columbia Records and released the track "Today I Sung the Blues"
1966:
Signed with Atlantic Records
1967:
Released her signature hit, a cover of Otis Redding's 1965 track "Respect"; also recorded the classics "Baby I Love You," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "Chain of Fools"
1968:
Became the second African American woman to grace the cover of <i>TIME</i> magazine
1972:
Released the successful gospel album <i>Amazing Grace</i>
1979:
Received less commercial success with disco foray <i>La Diva</i>
1980:
Made feature acting debut in "The Blues Brothers," a musical comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd; performed her song "Think" (1968) in the film
1985:
Made a comeback with <i>Who¿s Zoomin¿ Who?</i>; album featured tracks "Freeway of Love" and "Sisters Are Doin¿ It for Themselves," a duet with British singer Annie Lennox
1986:
Topped the charts with the George Michael duet "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me" from the album <i>Aretha</i>
1987:
Made music history as the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1998:
Collaborated with contemporary artists Lauryn Hill and Sean 'Puffy' Combs on <i>A Rose Is Still a Rose</i>
1998:
Delivered memorable performance of the classic aria "Nessun Dorma" at the Grammy Awards after Lucianno Pavarotti dropped out at the last minute due to illness
1998:
Headlined the concert special "Divas Live: An Honors Concert for VH1 Save the Music"
1999:
Received The National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton
1999:
Published her memoir <i>Aretha: From These Roots</i>
2005:
Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush
2009:
Performed "My Country, `Tis of Thee" during Barack Obama¿s presidential inauguration
2011:
Marked 50 years in entertainment business with the album <i>A Woman Falling Out Of Love</i>
2012:
Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame
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