Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church as a child. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think". These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.

Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart's history. Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted & Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with her part in the film, The Blues Brothers and with the albums, Jump to It and Who's Zoomin' Who?. In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria, "Nessun Dorma", at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with "A Rose Is Still a Rose". Franklin's other popular and well known hits include, "Rock Steady", "Something He Can Feel" (from the soundtrack to the 1976 film Sparkle), "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves", "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael), "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (with Whitney Houston) and a remake of The Rolling Stones song "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in which she placed number 1.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1961 Aretha 2
1962 The Electrifying Aretha Franklin 2
1962 The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging 2
1963 Laughing On The Outside 1
1964 Runnin' Out of Fools 1
1964 Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington 2
1965 Yeah!!! 1
1965 Songs of Faith 1
1966 Soul Sister 1
1967 I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You 3 6
1967 Aretha Arrives 2
1967 Take a Look 1
1967 Take It Like You Give It 5
1968 Lady Soul 6
1968 Aretha Now 6
1969 Once in a Lifetime 1
1969 Soft and Beautiful 1
1969 Soul '69 2
1970 Sweet Bitter Love 1
1970 This Girl's in Love With You 2
1970 Spirit in the Dark 2
1972 Young, Gifted and Black 2
1973 Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) 3
1974 Let Me In Your Life 1
1974 With Everything I Feel in Me 1
1975 You 1
1977 Sweet Passion 1
1978 Almighty Fire 1
1979 La Diva 1
1980 Aretha 3
1981 Love All the Hurt Away 3
1982 Jump to It 2
1983 Get It Right 4
1985 Who’s Zoomin’ Who? 3
1986 Aretha 3
1989 Through the Storm 3
1991 Aretha Gospel 2
1991 What You See Is What You Sweat 1
1997 Aretha Franklin 1
1998 A Rose Is Still a Rose 4 2
2003 So Damn Happy 1
2006 Joy to the World 1
2007 Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets With the Queen 1
2008 This Christmas 1
2011 Take a Look - The Clyde Otis Sessions 1
2011 A Woman Falling Out of Love 1
2014 Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics 2
A Bit of Soul 1
A Little Prayer 1
Aretha Franklin Sings Standards 1

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