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Born 25 March 1942 – Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018), the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” reigned supreme with her powerful vocals and electrifying performances for over five decades. Born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, Franklin was surrounded by music from a young age. Her father, a renowned Baptist minister, and her mother, a talented singer and pianist, nurtured her musical gifts.

Franklin began singing gospel in her father’s church, showcasing her extraordinary vocal range and emotive delivery. By her teens, she had already recorded several gospel albums. However, her career took a transformative turn in the 1960s when she signed with Atlantic Records and embraced secular music. Hits like “Respect,” “Think,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” became anthems for empowerment and captured the soul of a generation. Franklin’s voice, imbued with raw emotion and undeniable power, transcended genre and resonated with audiences worldwide. She earned numerous accolades throughout her career, including 18 Grammy Awards, and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan, leaving behind a legacy of musical innovation, unshakeable spirit, and timeless songs that continue to inspire and empower.

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