Artist Name: Aretha Franklin

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Aretha FranklinAretha 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).

Top Track of Atist: Aretha Franklin

Respect - Aretha Franklin

Respect

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I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin

I Say a Little Prayer

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Think - Aretha Franklin

Think

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Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin

Chain of Fools

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Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin

Rock Steady

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Son of a Preacher Man - Aretha Franklin

Son of a Preacher Man

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Save Me - Aretha Franklin

Save Me

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Ain't No Way - Aretha Franklin

Ain't No Way

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Respect - Remastered - Aretha Franklin

Respect - Remastered

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See Saw - Aretha Franklin

See Saw

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Spanish Harlem - Aretha Franklin

Spanish Harlem

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Call Me - Aretha Franklin

Call Me

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Day Dreaming - Aretha Franklin

Day Dreaming

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The Weight - Aretha Franklin

The Weight

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Angel - Aretha Franklin

Angel

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Joy to the World - Aretha Franklin

Joy to the World

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Baby I Love You - Aretha Franklin

Baby I Love You

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Eleanor Rigby - Aretha Franklin

Eleanor Rigby

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Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin

Freeway of Love

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Baby, I Love You - Aretha Franklin

Baby, I Love You

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Good Times - Aretha Franklin

Good Times

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People Get Ready - Aretha Franklin

People Get Ready

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You Send Me - Aretha Franklin

You Send Me

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Soul Serenade - Aretha Franklin

Soul Serenade

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Let It Be - Aretha Franklin

Let It Be

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Dr. Feelgood - Aretha Franklin

Dr. Feelgood

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Walk on By - Aretha Franklin

Walk on By

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Come Back Baby - Aretha Franklin

Come Back Baby

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Baby, Baby, Baby - Aretha Franklin

Baby, Baby, Baby

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I'm in Love - Aretha Franklin

I'm in Love

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I Will Survive - Aretha Franklin

I Will Survive

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