Aretha Franklin

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  • Birth Name: Aretha Louise Franklin
  • Birth Place: Memphis, TN
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/25/1942, Aries
  • Profession: Singer; songwriter
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Aretha Franklin Fast Facts:
  • At 14, she performed and recorded "Precious Lord" before her father's congregation, Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church.
  • Columbia Records released her first album, The Great Aretha Franklin, in 1960.
  • In 1972, she had a small role in the TV show Room 222.
  • Made her film debut in 1980's The Blues Brothers, singing "Think." 
  • In 1986, Michigan law makers declared her voice the state's greatest natural resource.
  • In 1987, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • In 1994, she was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • In 2006, she became the first female artist to be honored by the United Negro College Fund with the Award of Excellence.
  • Sang at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009.
  • Has been awarded honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music, Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Aretha Franklin Relationships:
  • Ted White - Ex-husband
  • Clarence Franklin - Son
  • Glynn Turman - Ex-husband
  • Kecalf - Son
  • C.L. Franklin - Father
  • Barbara Siggers Franklin - Mother
  • Cecil Franklin - Brother
  • Carolyn Franklin - Sister
  • Ken Cunningham - Ex-significant Other
  • Vaughan Franklin - Brother
  • Edward Franklin - Son
  • Erma Franklin - Sister
  • Teddy Richards - Son
  • William Wilkerson - Ex-fiancĂ©
  • Aretha Franklin Awards:
  • 1969 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1981 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1985 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1972 Grammy: Best Soul Gospel Performance - Winner
  • 1987 Grammy: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - Winner
  • 1971 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1987 Grammy: Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female - Winner
  • 2003 Grammy: Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1967 Grammy: Best Rhythm & Blues Recording - Winner
  • 1988 Grammy: Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female - Winner
  • 1972 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1974 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1967 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2005 Grammy: Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1973 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1970 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1968 Grammy: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2007 Grammy: Best Gospel Performance - Winner

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