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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American R&B, Pop and Gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist. She has been called for many years "The Queen Of Soul", but many also call her "Lady Soul," as well as the more affectionate "Sister Ree." She is renowned for her soul recordings but is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, gospel, and even opera. She is generally regarded as one of the greatest vocalists ever, due to her ability to inject whatever she may be singing about with passion, soul and sheer conviction.

Franklin is the second most honored female singer in Grammy history after Alison Krauss. Ms. Franklin has won seventeen competitive Grammy Awards. Aretha has also been awarded the Living Legend Grammy and the Lifetime Achievement Grammy as well. She won an unprecedented eight consecutive trophies between 1967 and 1974, during which time the category of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, was nicknamed 'The Aretha Award'.

Franklin has had a total of 20 #1 R&B singles - a record unsurpassed by any other recording act. Two of them became #1 hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 as well, "Respect" in the 1960s and her 1980s duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", and many of her singles have hit Top 20, Top 10, and Top 5 positions.

She is one of only three musicians (the others being Madonna and Marvin Gaye) who have placed a single on every charted position of the Billboard top ten pop singles chart.

Always true to her roots, Franklin has spent the past 25 years living in her adopted hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

Aretha Franklin's Grammy Award Wins
1968Best Rhythm And Blues RecordingR&BRespect
1968Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BRespect
1969Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BChain Of Fools
1970Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BShare Your Love With Me
1971Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BDon't Play That Song For Me
1972Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BBridge Over Troubled Water
1973Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BYoung, Gifted and Black (album)
1973Best Soul Gospel PerformanceGospelAmazing Grace (album)
1974Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BMaster Of Eyes
1975Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BAin't Nothing Like The Real Thing
1982Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BHold On...I'm Comin' (album track)
1986Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BFreeway Of Love
1988Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BAretha (album)
1988Best R&B Performance - Duo Or Group with VocalR&BI Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
With George Michael
1989Best Soul Gospel Performance - FemaleGospelOne Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (album)
1991Living Legend AwardSpecial--
1994Lifetime Achievement AwardSpecial--
2004Best Traditional R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BWonderful
2006Best Traditional R&B Vocal PerformanceR&BA House Is Not A Home


For a detailed account of Aretha Franklin releases, see the Aretha Franklin discography.

Notable albums:

  • 1967 I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
  • 1967 Aretha Arrives
  • 1968 Lady Soul
  • 1968 Aretha Now
  • 1970 This Girl's In Love With You
  • 1971 Aretha Live at Fillmore West
  • 1971 Young, Gifted and Black
  • 1972 Amazing Grace
  • 1973 Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)
  • 1974 With Everything I Feel in Me
  • 1974 Let Me in Your Life
  • 1975 You
  • 1976 Sparkle
  • 1978 Almighty Fire
  • 1982 Jump to It
  • 1983 Get It Right'
  • 1985 Who's Zoomin' Who?
  • 1991 What You See Is What You Sweat
  • 1994 Greatest Hits 1980-94
  • 1998 A Rose Is Still A Rose
  • 2003 So Damn Happy
  • 2007 A Woman Falling Out of Love

Top 10 US Hot 100 singles:

1967"I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)"9
1967"Baby I Love You"4
1967"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"8
1967"Chain Of Fools"2
1968"(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone"5
1968"The House That Jack Built"6
1968"I Say a Little Prayer"10
1971"Bridge Over Troubled Water" / "Brand New Me"6
1971"Spanish Harlem"2
1971"Rock Steady"9
1972"Day Dreaming"5
1973"Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)"3
1985"Who's Zoomin Who?"7
1985"Freeway of Love"3
1987"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael)1


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