Legendary singer Aretha Franklin passing away at home in Detroit yesterday morning. The music icon who influenced generations of singers was surrounded by family and friends when she died. She was born March 25th, 1942. The singer, songwriter began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Aretha achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “I Say a Little Prayer”. By the end of the 1960’s she had gained the title “The Queen of Soul”. Aretha 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 twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history. Aretha won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. In 1987, she became the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In August 2012, Aretha was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. She’s listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time; and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
Also, join us for “The Lounge” Saturday night as Brian Sylvester remembers Aretha and her music.
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