Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018) Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, and Activist

We pay our R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the singer, songwriter, pianist, Civil Rights Activist, Aretha Franklin, who will forever be hailed as the Queen of Soul. She was the first female inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and her magnanimous voice was declared a “Natural Resource” in the State of Michigan. An artist of prodigious versatility, her powerful vocal ranges stemmed from her early gospel roots, although she swiftly moved on to embrace Jazz, Soul, Classical, and R&B. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked her as the greatest singer of all time.

Born Aretha Louise Franklin, on March 25, 1942 in Memphis Tennessee to Clarence LaVaugh Franklin, a Baptist minister and Civil Rights Activist, and Barbara (nee Siggers) Franklin, an accomplished pianist and vocalist, Aretha was the 3rd born of the couples four children. Erma (1938-2002), Cecil (1940-1989),  Carolyn (1944-1988). They also had children from prior relationships. Vaughn (1934  -) and Carl Ellan (1940 -).  At the age of six, she and her family had moved to Detroit.

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