S: By Leslie Wasendorf
BC: leslie productions
FC: Aretha Franklin
1: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is considered one of the most inspiring singers in American history. She has covered many different genres from Gospel, to Jazz, to Soul, to R&B and even some Pop and Blues.
3: When Mrs. Franklin was a little girl she showed amazing talent and a powerful voice. She sang solos at her church. she had two children at the age of 15 and 17 but she got right back on her feet and moved to Buffalo, New York.
4: Franklin started her career at Columbia Records. However she only recorded a few minor songs:( | Rock-A-Bye Your Baby
5: She then moved to Atlantic Records where she recorded some of her finest work. | A NaturalWoman | Respect | Chain of Fools
6: Aretha sang many duets with artists such as Eric Clapton, George Michael, Elton John, Mary J. Blige, and sang with her goddaughter Whitney Houston.
9: She has received multiple Grammies and was named the uncontested 'Queen of Soul' | From 1942 - 1961 alone, she recorded 43 Top Forty singles. She was also given an honorary doctorate from the University of Detroit.
11: She sang at the inaugurations of President Bill Clinton & President Barack Obama. | President George W. Bush bestowed her with Presidential Medal of Honor,
12: Aretha Franklin has had multiple children. She has had two previous husbands and she is now engaged to William 'Willie' Wilkerson. | Aretha Franklin
13: 'Don't say that Aretha is making a comeback because I've never been away.'