Aretha Franklin: the incredible life of the ‘queen of soul’

Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

The renowned singer was considered one of the greatest exponents of Soul, R & B and Gospel. Aretha Franklin, the acclaimed Queen of Soul and one of the best performers of any musical genre, died Thursday at her home in Detroit. He was 76 years old.

Renowned singer Aretha Franklin , whose original name is Aretha Louise Franklin, was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942. She studied classical piano at the Julliard School of Music in 1998.

The singer carried the music in her blood, as her parents, Clarence La Vaughn and Barbara Franklin, are remembered as gospel singers.

Aretha Franklin was the mother of four children: with Ken Cunningham she had Kecalf; with Ted White he had Theodore; and the name of Edward and Clarence’s father is still unknown.


1954. Aretha Franklin debuts in music singing her first solo at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.

1960. He moves from Detroit to New York to sign with Columbia Records and releases his first album, ‘The Great Aretha Franklin’.

1967. He leaves Columbia Records to sign with Atlantic Records and wins a Grammy Award for best R & B recording for his song ‘Respect’.

Between 1967-1974. It’s his glory years, where he wins a total of ten Grammy awards.

April 9, 1968, sings “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” at the funeral of the remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1980. Debuts in the cinema with an appearance in the film ‘The Blues Brothers’ and sings the song “Think”; he also leaves Atlantic Records and moves on to Arista Records.

1981. Win the Grammy for best female vocal performance of R & B, for ‘Hold On I’m Comin’.

1985. Win the Grammy Award for Best Female R & B Vocal Performance for ‘Freeway Of Love’.

January 3, 1987. Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1987. Win two Grammy awards for best female vocal performance of R & B for ‘Aretha’ and Best R & B performance in duo, with George Michael, for ‘I Knew You Were Waiting’.

1988. Win the Grammy Award for best soul performance for ‘One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism’.

1991. Receives the Grammy Award in Legend degree.

1994. Receives the Grammy Award for Artistic Career.

February 6, 1998. Repeat her role as Mrs. Murphy in the sequel to The Blues Brothers 2000.

February 25, 1998, replaces Luciano Pavarotti, due to illness, in the Grammy Awards, performing ‘Nessun Dorma’ by Puccini.

September 1, 1999. He publishes his autobiography, ‘Aretha: From These Roots’, where he tells details of his personal and private life for the first time.

2003. Win the Grammy Award for best traditional R & B vocal performance for ‘Wonderful’.

Early 2004. She is hospitalized and discharged due to an allergic reaction to antibiotics.

2005. Win the Grammy Award for the best traditional R & B vocal performance for ‘A House Is not A Home’.

2007. Win the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance for ‘Never Gonna Break My Faith’, with Mary J. Blige.

2010. She suffers an accident at home and breaks two ribs, which forced her to cancel concerts.

2011. Go back to music with her new album, ‘Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love’.

2014. Brand history by becoming the first woman to get her 100th single on Billboard’s Hot R & B song list with ‘Rolling in the Deep’.

February 7, 2017: Franklin announces his retirement from the stage after releasing his last album.

August 16, 2018: Aretha Franklin dies to be remembered as the greatest interpreter of the ‘Soul’.

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