Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 and passed away on August 16, 2018, she was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She is a self-taught Pianist who started her singing career from a very young age at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.
Throughout her career, she has sold over 75 million records and counting. She first singed with Columbia records but didn’t get tremendous success but when she achieved commercial success and acclaim after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966 debuting top charting records such as “Respect”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”, and “I Say a Little Prayer”.
Through all of her hard work, talent, and due to her amazing singing voice and piano talent, she has received 18 Grammy awards as well as two honorary Grammy awards. As the number one singer according to Rolling Stone Magazine, Aretha Franklin has rightfully earned the well known nickname as the “Queen of Soul.”
In terms of charts, she was on top of it all. Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in history.
Aretha Franklin’s net-worth as of 2018 is $80 Million dollars.
Aretha Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
List of Aretha Franklin’s Studio Albums;
- Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo (1961)
- The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (1962)
- The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin (1962)
- Laughing on the Outside (1963)
- Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington (1964)
- Runnin’ Out of Fools (1964)
- Yeah!!! (1965)
- Soul Sister (1966)
- Take It Like You Give It (1967)
- I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
- Aretha Arrives (1967)
- Lady Soul (1968)
- Aretha Now (1968)
- Soul ’69 (1969)
- Soft and Beautiful (1969)
- This Girl’s in Love with You (1970)
- Spirit in the Dark (1970)
- Young, Gifted and Black (1972)
- Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) (1973)
- Let Me in Your Life (1974)
- With Everything I Feel in Me (1974)
- You (1975)
- Sweet Passion (1977)
- Almighty Fire (1978)
- La Diva (1979)
- Aretha (1980)
- Love All the Hurt Away (1981)
- Jump to It (1982)
- Get It Right (1983)
- Who’s Zoomin’ Who? (1985)
- Aretha (1986)
- Through the Storm (1989)
- What You See Is What You Sweat (1991)
- A Rose Is Still a Rose (1998)
- So Damn Happy (2003)
- This Christmas, Aretha (2008)
- Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love (2011)
- Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (2014)
Aretha Franklin’s Net Worth, Life & Quotes
Aretha Franklin’s Early Life.
Aretha Franklin was born to gospel singer mother Barbara (née Siggers) and circuit preacher father Clarence LaVaughn “C. L.” Franklin in Memphis On March 25, 1942.
Her father’s philandering attitude made their family go through ups and down and her parents splitted up in 1948 when she was just six years old. The father moved the kids (including Arteha Franklin) to Detriot, their mother visited from time to time. Aretha’s mother died of a heart attack on March 7, 1952, before Aretha’s tenth birthday.
Her grandmother and several other women took turns helping the father with the grooming and taking care of the children in the Franklin home.
Her musical gifts became apparent at an early age. Largely self-taught by ear, she was regarded as a child prodigy. A gifted pianist accompanied with a powerful voice, Aretha got her start singing in front of her father’s congregation.
Her father’s emotional and hear-felt sermons made him become famous and tagged the “man with the million dollar voice”, his fame amongst churches brought a lot of attention and celebrity friendships, one of which was Clara Ward, who acted as a role model for young Aretha Franklin.
From her time growing up in the home of a prominent African American preacher to the end of her life, Franklin was immersed and involved in the struggle for civil rights and women’s rights. She provided money for civil rights groups, at times covering payroll, and performed at benefits and protests
Aretha Franklin’s Career.
Aretha started her career in the church. After her mother’s death, she began singing solos at New Bethel, debuting with the hymn, “Jesus, Be a Fence Around Me”.
She joined her father on the road on his “gospel caravan” tours where she performed in various churches, he acted as her manager. She signed her first recording deal with J.V.B. Records where equipments were installed in the New Bethel church and nine tracks were recorded, featuring Franklin on vocals and piano.
Just like any other young and rising star, she got many offers to join or sign with record labels.
She released her first single, “Never Grow Old”, backed with “You Grow Closer”. A second single, “Precious Lord (Part One)” backed with “Precious Lord (Part Two) and other songs made up the side one of the 1956 album, “Spirituals” which was released under her first label JCB records.
In 1965, Checker Records released her album “Songs of Faith” featuring the five tracks from her previous Spiritual album and four previously unreleased recordings.
She confineded in her father that she wanted to follow the footsteps of Sam Cooke in recording and making Pop music, this led to her move to NewYork.
Her records got to the attention of Columbia Records who signed her as a “five-percent artists”, before signing to Columbia, she got offers from RCA and Tamla.
Her first single under Columbia Records “Today I Sing The Blues” was released in September 1960 and later reach the top ten of the Hot Rhythm & Blues Sellers chart
Under Columbia Records, her first album was titled “Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo” and it included her first single to chart Billboard Hot 100 “Wont Be Long” which simultaneously peaked at number 7 on the R7B chart.
Her songs and recordings under Columbia Records saw her performing in numerous genres of music such as standards, vocal jazz, blues, doo-wop and rhythm and blues.
In 1962, Columbia released two more albums “The Electrifying Aretha Franklin” and “The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin”, which reached number 69 on the Billboard Chart.
In November 1966, after a good 6 year run with Columbia Records, Aretha Franklin chose to sign with Atlantic Records. She recorded her first single under Atlantic titled “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) which peaked at number one on the R&B chart and number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Aretha got her first top-ten pop single.
Her first gold album was released under Atlantic, it was titled “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You”. At Atlantic, she had a good working chemistry with producer Jerry Wexler which helped in the creation of the majority of her peak recordings with Atlantic.
In February 1968, Aretha Franklin scored her 2 Grammys with the release of hit singles such as “Chain of Fools”, “Ain’t No Way”, “Think” and “I Say a Little Prayer”.
She had her first international tour that same year in May and covered Time Magazine in June.
In 1980, after leaving Atlantic Records, Aretha Franklin signed with Arista Records and that same year gave a command performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in front of Queen Elizabeth.
Her first album under Arista was a self-named titled album “Aretha” which featured number 3 R&B hit “United Together” and her Grammy nominated cover of Redding’s “I Can’t Turn You Loose”.
Her second album was “Love All The Hurt Away” which included her Grammy-wining cover of Same & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin”. For the past years before 1981, her album “Jump to it” went gold.
Fast forward to 2006, She made international headlines for performing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremony with her church hat becoming a popular topic online
On August 13, 2018, Franklin was reported to be gravely ill at her home in Riverfront Towers, Detroit. She was under intense care and surrounded by friends and family. Stevie Wonder, Jesse Jackson and ex-husband Glynn Turman visited her on her deathbed. Franklin died at her home on August 16, 2018, aged 76
Today, Aretha Franklin’s net worth is $80 million.
Aretha Franklin’s Media Section
Aretha Franklin Performance At White House 2015 Video.
Inspiring Quotes from Aretha Franklin.
“Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.” – Aretha Franklin
“People really don’t have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you.” – Aretha Franklin
“Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there” – Aretha Franklin
“Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.Read more at” – Aretha Franklin
“When God loves you, what can be better than that?” – Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin is one of the greatest soul singers to walk the face of the earth! She has touched millions of people with her voice, words and performances. She even had her voice declared a Michigan “natural resource” in 1985.
Surprisingly, Aretha Franklin never had a will or trust according to court documents filed by her sons that were cited by the Detroit Free Press! Aretha Franklin’s funeral is scheduled for Aug. 31 2018 at Greater Grace Temple in Detoir, following public viewings at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Aug. 28-29 2018) and New Bethel Baptist Church (Aug. 30 2018).
Shine on Queen of Soul!
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