Aretha Franklin

Quick Facts

Full NameAretha Louise Franklin
BirthMarch 25, 1942
BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, U.S.
DeathAugust 16, 2018 (aged 76)
Death PlaceDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
Resting PlaceWoodlawn Cemetery, Detroit
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, pianist, civil rights activist, record producer
Years Active1954–2017
Net Worth$10 million
SpousesTed White (m. 1961; div. 1969), Glynn Turman (m. 1978; div. 1984)
ParentsC. L. Franklin, Barbara Siggers Franklin
RelativesErma Franklin (sister), Carolyn Franklin (sister)
AwardsFull list (includes 18 Grammy Awards, National Medal of Arts, Presidential Medal of Freedom)
Musical Career OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresSoul, R&B, gospel, jazz, pop
InstrumentsVocals, piano
DiscographyAretha Franklin discography
LabelsJ.V.B, Columbia, Atlantic, Arista, RCA
NicknameQueen of Soul
Notable Hits“Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, “I Say a Little Prayer”, and more
SalesOver 75 million records sold worldwide
Charted Singles112 charted singles on the US Billboard charts
Billboard Entries73 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, 20 number-one R&B singles
Acting RolesAppeared in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers
Hall of Fame InductionsRock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), UK Music Hall of Fame (2005), Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2012), National Women’s Hall of Fame (2020)
Special RecognitionsPulitzer Prize Special Citation (2019)

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