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Aretha Franklin

An American soul singer.

Franklin became a child prodigy. By the age of fourteen, she was given a record deal with Checker Records, where her father recorded his sermons and gospel vocal recordings and issued The Gospel Soul of Aretha Franklin in 1956.

Her earlier influences included Clara Ward and Mahalia Jackson, both of whom spent a lot of time in Aretha's home.

Aretha decided to secure herself a deal as a pop artist. After being offered contracts from Motown and RCA, Franklin signed with Columbia Records in 1960.

In later years Aretha appeared on most TV shows and also appeared in ’THE BLUES BROTHERS’ film.

Aretha Franklin given the title of "Queen of Soul" as had hits worldwide. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - 1987.

Franklin issued her first Atlantic single, "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)", a bluesy ballad that introduced listeners to Franklin's gospel-throated vocals.

Produced by Jerry Wexler, the song became Franklin's breakthrough single hitting the Top 10 on the Hot 100 and holding the #1 spot for an amazing 7 weeks on Billboard's R&B Singles chart.

The B-side to the single, "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" introduced a more gospel element to Franklin's developing sound and charted well on the R&B side.

Her next single, "Respect", firmly launched Franklin to superstardom.

Franklin is the second most honored female singer in Grammy history after Alison Krauss.

Franklin has won nineteen Grammy Awards in total during her nearly half-century long career (she first charted in 1961), and currently holds the record for most Best Female R&B Vocal Performance wins with eleven to her name including eight consecutive awards from 1968 to 1975 - the first eight ever awarded in that category.

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