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Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

Background information
Birth name Aretha Louise Franklin
Born March 25, 1942
Born place Memphis, Tennesee, U.S.
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genre(s) Soul
Years active 1956—present
Label(s) Arista Records
Columbia Records
Atlantic Records
Associated acts George Michael
Sweet Inspirations
Carolyn Franklin
Erma Franklin
Cissy Houston
George Benson
Michael McDonald
Mahalia Jackson
Albertina Walker
Stevie Wonder
Chaka Khan
Marvin Gaye
Natalie Cole

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Aretha Franklin Overview


Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter and pianist commonly referred to as The Queen of Soul. Although renowned for her soul recordings, Franklin is also adept at jazz, blues, R&B and gospel music. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Franklin No. 1 on its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time.

This Christmas, Aretha (2008) Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul (2007) Jewels In The Crown: All-Star Duets With The Queen (2007) So Damn Happy (2003) Aretha's Best (2001) A Rose Is Still A Rose (1998) Respect And Other Hits (1997) Greatest Hits (1980-1994) (1994) What You See Is What You Sweat (1991) Through The Storm (1989)

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Aretha Franklin To Make Stage Comeback In May

February 17, 2011
Aretha Franklin will return to the stage at a concert in Buffalo, New York in May, it's been announced. In November, the singer cancelled all public appearances after she was admitted to hospital to receive treatment for an undisclosed illness.  Read more 

Florence & The Machine To Join Christina Aguilera For Aretha Franklin Tribute At Grammy Awards 2011

February 10, 2011
Florence & The Machine will take to the stage with Christina Aguilera at this weekends Grammy Awards. The singer - real name Florence Welch - will accompany Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Martina McBride in a tribute to Franklin at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday (February 13), Spinner reports.  Read more 

Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson To Perform Aretha Franklin Tribute At Grammy Awards

February 8, 2011
Christina Aguilera could be set to take part in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at this month's Grammy Awards. The singer will be joined by Jennifer Hudson and two as-yet-unnamed singers to pay tribute to Franklin at the ceremony in Los Angeles on February 13, The Sun reports.  Read more 

Aretha Franklin Refuses To Discuss Pancreatic Cancer Claims

January 7, 2011
Aretha Franklin has refused to discuss reports that she has been battling pancreatic cancer following a recent spell in hospital. In December, the singer was discharged from hospital after being treated for an undisclosed illness. Unconfirmed media reports claimed she was suffering from pancreatic cancer.  Read more 

Aretha Franklin Discharged From Hospital

December 16, 2010
Aretha Franklin has been discharged from hospital after undergoing surgery. The soul singer was treated for an undisclosed illness, although unconfirmed reports have claimed she was suffering from pancreatic cancer.  Read more 

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