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.

Awards

  • 1985, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1972, Grammy — Best Soul Gospel Performance: Winner
  • 1987, Grammy — Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female: Winner
  • 1970, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1973, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1987, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: 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
  • 1969, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1981, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1971, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: 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
  • 1968, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2007, Grammy — Best Gospel Performance: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Winner

Relationships

  • Erma Franklin — Sister
  • Teddy Richards — Son
  • Carolyn Franklin — Sister
  • Ted White — Ex-husband
  • Barbara Siggers Franklin — Mother
  • Cecil Franklin — Brother
  • Edward Franklin — Son
  • Clarence Franklin — Son
  • Glynn Turman — Ex-husband
  • Kecalf — Son
  • C.L. Franklin — Father
  • William Wilkerson — Ex-fiancé
  • Ken Cunningham — Ex-significant Other
  • Vaughan Franklin — Brother

Details

  • Birth Name: Aretha Louise Franklin
  • Birth Place: Memphis, TN
  • Birthday: March 25, 1942, Aries
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter
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