Aretha Franklin. For many people, just hearing her name brings powerful music to mind: “Respect,” “Think,” “Amazing Grace.” Aretha's song titles say everything about the woman herself. Her songs uplift, entertain, and inspire people from all walks of life. Her music played a powerful part during a time of change and struggle in American history. T…
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Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, Her father was Reverend Clarence LaVaughn Franklin (known as C.L.), a preacher in the Baptist Church.
The First Recordings - Aretha's First Album, New York, Recording Aretha, The Attraction Of Secular Music
Reverend Franklin's tours were very successful.
Success at Atlantic - Atlantic's Offer, Down To Alabama, A Tough Marriage, The First Hits, Off And Running
Though she had no major hit songs, Aretha's six years with Columbia Records had established her reputation as a talented singer.
By early 1968 there was no doubt that Aretha was a complete success.
Down but Never Out - Taking A Break, Love Again, Spirit Of Success, Amazing Grace, Good-bye To Old Friends
Following her divorce from Ted White, Aretha's life hit some bumps.
New Directions - Trying Something New, Moving On, Financial Woes, Who's Zoomin' Who?, Recognition And Grief
After careful consideration, Aretha changed record labels in 1980.
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