Aretha was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 1987. She earned 18 Grammy Awards and sold over 75 million records worldwide. She was listed #9 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists list. Among her other honors included a Grammy Legend Award, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and she was a Kennedy Center Honoree. Her anthem, "Respect" was named the fifth greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone.
Which of Ms. Franklin's many hit songs is your favorite?
Aretha Franklin – August 16, 2018
Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018)
was an American singer and songwriter.
Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel
at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit,
where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister
in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as
"Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think".
By the end of the 1960s she had gained the title "The Queen of Soul".
Franklin eventually recorded a total of 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 the chart's history
August 13, 2018, Franklin was reported to be gravely ill at her home near Detroit.
She was reported to be under hospice care and surrounded by friends and family.
Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson, among others, had visited her.
Franklin died at home in Detroit on August 16, aged 76.
The cause was reported to be advanced pancreatic cancer
Aretha Franklin (1942–2018)
Soundtrack: TV (106 credits)
Soundtrack: Movie (102 credits)
Actress: Movie (2 credits)
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Thank you for creating this In Memoriam poll for Aretha Franklin.
I am torn between:
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (1967)
Her performance in honor of Carole King for the Kennedy Center Honors was amazing.
Of course, if you come to age without knowing any her, then you didn't explore much of the world of music and this is why I'm grateful for the fact that I've always been sensitive to cultural and musical diversity and listened to songs that my teen-friends deemed as oldies and unworthy of their "listening"... it took me a while to discover Aretha Franklin but I never felt I wasted my time before because it takes some real maturity to appreciate the inner beauty and the passion of soul music in general and her songs in particular...
... and when you know the context of some of their songs, the lyrics are even more powerful.
Favorite song, seriously I don't know.
Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna
In Memory of the Queen of Soul
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