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    Aretha Franklin

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    Genre:R&B, Soul
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    Most popular songs

    # Song LSI Rank
    1At Last lyrics
    2I Will Trust In The Lord lyrics
    3Jesus Hears Every Prayer lyrics
    4All Night Long lyrics
    5Never Gonna Break My Faith (feat. Mary J. Blige) lyrics
    6Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) lyrics
    7Ain't Nobody (Gonna Turn Me Around) lyrics
    8Let It Be lyrics
    9Blue Holiday lyrics
    10I'm Every Woman / Respect lyrics

    Most popular albums

    # Album LSI Rank
    1Precious Lord: 19 Gospel Recordings [1991]
    2Respect [1991]
    3I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You [1967]
    420th Century Masters: Best Of Gospel [1991]
    5Jump to It [1982]
    6Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics [2014]
    7Laughing On The Outside / Tiny Sparrow: The Bobby Scott Sessions [2013]
    8Try A Little Tenderness [2013]
    9Knew You Were Waiting: The Best Of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998 [2012]
    10A Woman Falling Out Of Love [2011]


    Singer, performer. Born Aretha Louise Franklin on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father was Baptist preacher Reverend Clarence La Vaughan "C.L." Franklin, and her mother Barbara Siggers Franklin was a gospel singer. The fourth of five children, Franklin's parents separated by the time she was six; four years later, her mother succumbed to a heart attack. Guided by C.L.'s preaching assignments, the family relocated to Detroit, Michigan. C.L. eventually landed at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, where he gained national renown as a preacher.

    Franklin's musical gifts became apparent at an early age. Largely self-taught, she was regarded as a child prodigy. A gifted pianist with a powerful voice, Franklin sang in front of her father's Detroit congregation. By the age of 14, she recorded some of her earliest tracks at the church. She also performed with C.L.'s traveling revival show and, while on tour, she befriended gospel greats such as Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke and Clara Ward.

    Life on the road exposed Franklin to adult behaviors and at the age of 15, she became a mother. Her second child followed two years later. After a brief hiatus she returned to performing, and followed heroes like Cooke and Dinah Washington into pop and blues territory. With her father's blessing, Franklin traveled to New York in 1960. After being courted by several labels, including Motown and RCA, Aretha signed to Columbia Records. She released The Great Aretha Franklin for the label that same year.

    In 1961, the single "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody" hit No. 37 on the pop charts. Franklin had a few top 10 singles on the R&B charts, but they failed to showcase the talent evident in her gospel music. She and new husband-cum-manager Ted White decided a move was in order, and Franklin moved to Atlantic in 1967. Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler immediately shuttled Franklin to the studios at the Florence Alabama Musical Emporium.

    Paired with sidemen trained in soul, blues, rock and gospel—including session guitarists Eric Clapton and Duane Allman—Aretha recorded the single "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)." In the midst of recording sessions, White quarreled with a member of the backing band, and White and Franklin left abruptly. As the single became a massive top 10 hit, Franklin re-emerged in New York, and was able to complete the partially recorded track, "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man."

    Franklin cemented her reign in 1967 and 1968 with a string of hit singles that would become enduring classics. In 1967, the album "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" was released. The first song on the album, "Respect," an empowered cover of an Otis Redding track, reached No. 1 on both the R&B and pop charts, and won Aretha her first two Grammy awards. She also had top 10 hits with "Baby I Love You,'' "Think," "Chain of Fools,'' "I Say A Little Prayer," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."

    In 1968, Franklin was enlisted to perform at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She paid tribute to her father's fallen friend with a heartfelt rendition of "Precious Lord. " She also sang at the 1968 Democratic Convention. The following year, she and White divorced. Franklin performed again at the 1972 funeral of Mahalia Jackson. Spurred by Jackson's passing and a subsequent resurgence of interest in gospel music, Franklin's 1972 album Amazing Grace sold over two million units, becoming the best-selling gospel album at the time.

    Franklin's success continued throughout the 70s, and as the artist took home eight consecutive Grammy awards for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance, she earned the title "The Queen of Soul." She worked tirelessly and expanded her repertoire to include rock and pop covers, but by 1975 her sound was fading in favor of the disco craze. In the wake of this new genre, an emerging set of young black singers such as Chaka Khan and Donna Summer began to eclipse Franklin's career. She found a brief respite from slumping sales with 1976's soundtrack to Sparkle, as well as an invitation to perform at the 1977 presidential inauguration. In 1978, she married actor Glynn Turman.

    A string of chart failures ended Franklin's relationship with Atlantic in 1979. The same year, her father was hospitalized after a burglary attempt in his home left him in a coma. As her popularity waned and her father's health declined, Franklin was also saddled with a massive bill from the IRS. A cameo in the film The Blues Brothers (1980) helped Franklin revive her flagging career. Performing "Think'' alongside comedians John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd exposed her to a new generation of R&B lovers, and she soon signed to Arista Records. Her new label released 1982's Jump To It, an album that enjoyed huge success on the R&B charts and earned Franklin a Grammy nomination. Two years later, she endured a divorce from Turman as well as the death of her father.

    In 1985, Aretha released another smash-hit album. The polished pop record Who's Zoomin' Who? featured the single "Freeway of Love," as well as a collaboration with the popular rock band the Eurythmics. The record became Aretha's biggest-selling album yet. Her follow-up album, 1986's Aretha, also went gold, and the George Michael duet "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)'' hit No. 1 on the pop charts. The next year, Franklin's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame marked the first time a woman had ever been awarded such an honor. The same year, the University of Detroit credited her with an honorary doctorate. In 1993, she was invited to sing at the inauguration of Bill Clinton, and in 1994, Franklin was given a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys. Over the next few years, she became the subject of multiple documentaries and tributes.

    In 1998, Franklin reprised her former role in Blues Brothers 2000, released the gold-selling "A Rose Is Still A Rose," and stood in for Luciano Pavarotti, who was too ill to accept his Lifetime Achievement Award. Her rendition of "Nessun Dorma" commanded stellar reviews.

    In 2003, Franklin released her final studio album on Arista, So Damn Happy, and left the label to found Aretha Records. Two years later, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and became the second woman ever to be inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. In 2008, she received her 18th Grammy Award for " Never Gonna Break My Faith"—a collaboration with Mary J. Blige—and was tapped to sing at the 2009 inauguration of president Barack Obama. Most recently, Franklin's released her first album on her own label, A Woman Falling Out of Love.

    Aretha Franklin. (2010). Biography.com. Retrieved 11:58, Oct 5 2010 from http://www.biography.com/articles/Aretha-Franklin-9301157

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       shaqreia says:
      Like 009-04-2013 02:25
      i know this song is older than me but i still love this song voice is amazing
       bkeskin says:
      Like 006-11-2011 22:09
      @ Respect song
       idanosh6 says:
      Like 017-04-2011 19:54
      @ Respect song
       Seinfeld says:
      Like 010-04-2011 01:15
      A great song by a great chanteuse, as the person before me said, it has a feel-good mood.
       juanmihera says:
      Like 023-07-2007 23:29
       Zchry says:
      Like 019-05-2007 22:21
      Great lyrics. Absolutely brilliant.

      * offtopic :
      Have you heard Linda Cardenelli sing a shortened edition as Velma in Scooby-Doo? It's too funny.
       Zchry says:
      Like 019-05-2007 22:19
      @ Think song
      This song is, without a doubt, Franklin at her best. It and Respect are two of the greatest songs of all time, and definitely the best of this generation.

      Franklin's got gorgeous vocals and melodies. Her lyrics may not be the best here, but they feature a similar theme to that of Respect, minus the spelling.

      This is a great song, and Franklin's a great artist.
      Like 024-01-2007 02:33
      @ Think song
      Aretha Franklin is the best singer in the 21st centry by far
       Loluu says:
      Like 021-11-2006 18:58
      One of her best songs, it's fantastic.
       LiLmsRACER says:
      Like 001-09-2006 12:03
      OMG! i know! it totally ROX MY SOX! i'ma singin it fo the TALENT SHOW at my skool and i'ma gonna WIN! it shows off some1's incredable VOCALS

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