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Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018) was a Memphis, Tennessee born and Detroit, Michigan reared American iconic gospel, soul, and R&B singer, songwriter and pianist. Many have called her "The Queen Of Soul" and "Lady Soul".
She is renowned for her soul and R&B recordings (on many, of which, she accompanied herself on keyboards and piano, a skill she learned at an early age, learning to play by ear, according to lifetime friend Smokey Robinson) but was also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, and gospel. Read more on Last.fm
2018 The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967-1970 (Remastered)
2017 Divas Live: The One and Only
2017 A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
2015 The Atlantic Albums Collection
2015 Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics: Dance Remixes
2014 The Atlantic Collection
2014 Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics
2014 The Queen of Soul
2011 Tiny Sparrow: The Bobby Scott Sessions
2011 A Bit of Soul
2011 The Great American Songbook
2011 More Gospel Greats
2011 Take a Look: The Clyde Otis Sessions (Remastered)
2008 This Christmas Aretha
2007 Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin
2007 Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly, 1972 (Remastered)
2007 Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul
2007 Soul Queen
2007 Jewels In the Crown: All Star Duets With the Queen
2005 Don't Fight the Feeling - The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live At Fillmore West
2003 So Damn Happy
2002 The Queen In Waiting
2002 The Essential Aretha Franklin
1998 A Rose Is Still a Rose
1998 Spanish Harlem
1997 Love Songs
1994 The Very Best of Aretha Franklin - The 70's
1994 The Very Best of Aretha Franklin - The 60's
1991 What You See Is What You Sweat
1989 Through the Storm
1989 Through the Storm (Expanded Edition)
1987 One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (Live)
1986 The Delta Meets Detroit: Aretha's Blues
1986 Aretha (Expanded Edition)
1985 Who's Zoomin' Who?
1985 Who's Zoomin' Who? (Expanded Edition)
1985 30 Greatest Hits
1984 The Best of Aretha Franklin
1984 Aretha's Jazz
1983 Get It Right (Expanded Edition)
1983 Get It Right
1982 Jump to It (Expanded Edition)
1982 Jump to It
1981 Love All the Hurt Away (Expanded Edition)
1981 Love All the Hurt Away
1980 Aretha (Expanded Edition)
1976 Sparkle (Music From the Warner Bros. Motion Picture)
1974 Let Me In Your Life
1973 Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)
1972 Amazing Grace
1972 Young, Gifted and Black
1972 Amazing Grace: The Complete Recordings (Live)
1971 Live At Fillmore West
1970 Spirit In the Dark
1970 This Girl's In Love With You
1969 Soft and Beautiful
1969 Soul '69
1969 Aretha's Gold
1968 Aretha In Paris
1968 Lady Soul
1968 Aretha Now
1967 I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
1967 I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (Mono)
1967 Chain of Fools
1967 Aretha Arrives
1967 Take It Like You Give It
1966 Soul Sister
1965 Yeah!!! (Expanded Edition)
1964 Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington (Expanded Edition)
1964 Runnin' Out of Fools (Expanded Edition)
1963 Laughing On the Outside (Expanded Edition)
1962 The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin (Expanded Edition)
1962 The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (Expanded Edition)
1961 Aretha In Person with the Ray Bryant Combo (Expanded Edition)
Aug 17, 2019
TUNE IN: Tomorrow, Sunday, August 18th, with Aretha Angels SiriusXM's “Ask The Good Doctor” with Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire to discuss The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin on Urban View Channel 126 at 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. ET. Dr. LaJoyce, who is one of Aretha’s former label publicists has invited The Angels (who all have worked with Aretha) to her platform to make sure that these angel talks are part of our healing process! (Missing from the interview and photo is our dear Audrey LaCatis Onyeike). Also, in another segment, Elyse Gellerman, MHS, the Chief Executive Officer of Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation will be a guest to discuss advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type and the Aretha Franklin Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer Research! For more information on the T-shirts, please visit www.colorasap.com.
Left Side: Dr. LaJoyce Hunter Brookshire
Top Right: Tracey J. Jordan, Jackie Rhinehart, Robyn Ryland-Sanders, Gwendolyn Quinn
Aug 17, 2019
Aretha Franklin was twice voted as the number one Greatest Singer of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine!
Listen to why she was #1 on Deezer: https://rhino.lnk.to/ArethaNowDzr
Aug 16, 2019
Aug 16, 2019
Aug 16, 2019
Commemorate the Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway dedication by listening to “Freeway of Love” from the Queen of Soul’s iconic album ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’ – available on iTunes! #WeLoveYouAretha
Aug 16, 2019
Share your favorite memories of Aretha, including the hashtag #WeLoveYouAretha, and you may see your memory featured!
Aretha Franklin: March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018
Celebrate her incredible life and career: https://lnk.to/arethaisalp
Aug 15, 2019
"The first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen." - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Listen to your favorite hits on Spotify now: http://lnk.to/ThisIsAretha
Aug 15, 2019
As many of you know, tomorrow, August 16th is the one-year anniversary of Aretha Franklin’s passing. Here’s a story we waited a year to do to bring more attention to pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer and the Aretha Franklin Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer Research. Thank you Jeff Karoub, Nekesa Moody, Michael Householder and Mesfin Fekadu of the Associated Press for giving this story the focus it deserves.
During the span of her career, the Queen of Soul received 44 Grammy nominations, won 18 Grammy awards, and has five recordings in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: "Respect," "Chain Of Fools," "Amazing Grace," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)".
Listen to these timeless songs on Pandora: https://lnk.to/ArethaAtoZ
Aug 13, 2019
As one of the most influential and important voices in the history of American music, Aretha held 13 honorary doctorate degrees from various universities including Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, and the Berklee College of Music.
Listen to the Best Of Aretha on Amazon Music here: https://lnk.to/BestOfAretha
Aug 12, 2019
In 2019, Aretha was the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize’s Special Citation for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.
🎵 Listen to her Essentials on Apple Music: https://lnk.to/ArethaEssentials
TUNE IN TONIGHT: BET's "Sunday Best" will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin at 8:00 p.m. ET/7: 00 p.m. CT. Also Keke Wyatt (Official Fan Page) will be the featured artist on the show tonight! Thanks BET and the entire "Sunday Best" team, Torrence Glenn, Deborah Byrd, and Keke!
Photo Credit: Matthew Jordan Smith
Jul 23, 2019
The Pink Caddy
This happened yesterday at the ceremonial signing of the House Bill 4060 designating a portion of M-10, the Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway with Sabrina Owens (l), Aretha’s niece and the personal representative of the Aretha Franklin Estate, State Representative Leslie Love (c), and Earline Franklin, Aretha’s Sister-in-Law.
Jul 22, 2019
What a day! It’s OFFICIAL! This morning Sabrina Owens, Aretha’s niece and the personal representative of The Aretha Franklin joined Detroit and Michigan dignitaries for the signing of the House Bill to name a portion of M-10, The Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway!
Here’s Sabrina’s speech!
Good Morning Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, State Representative Leslie Love, and the Michigan Legislative, Detroit’s Mayor Mike Duggan, and other distinguished guests.
On behalf of The Franklin Family, we are honored to be here for the ceremonial signing of the House Bill 4060 designating a portion of M-10, the Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway.
The news of this honor has traveled near and far. Collectively, the family has received congratulatory calls, notes, and social media posting from friends, supporters, and fans around the world. We know Aretha would have been profoundly proud of this honor. Aretha loved the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan. She was proud to call this place home, and everyone knew it.
August 16, will mark the first anniversary of our beloved Aretha’s passing; and it’s remarkable how both the City and the State have recognized her in so many distinctive ways. I know I speak for the family when I say; we are honored and humbled by your generosity and your thoughtfulness.
The Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway is the “Freeway of Love!” Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Musician's Monday: Aretha often took her band and singers to the White House throughout the years during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. In 2014, this group performed with Aretha at the "Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House.”
Left to right: Brenda White, Fonzi Thornton, Vaneesa Thomas, Brenda Corbett, President Obama, Andra McKoy, Darryl Houston, HB Barnum, Richard Gibbs
UK fans! Don’t miss a special preview screening of the concert film critics are calling "incredible" (The Telegraph). #AmazingGrace screens at London’s Union Chapel May 8th + a special live performance from gospel choir @ShalomChorale- book your tickets now: www.seetickets.com/tour/aretha-franklin-in-amazing-grace (and don’t miss it in US cinemas now: US booking link)
Apr 29, 2019
Writer Susan Whitall and editor Felecia D. Henderson picked up a First Place award for Best Spot News Coverage at the Michigan APME (Associated Press Media Editors) awards in Lansing Sunday for the Detroit News’ package of stories about Aretha Franklin that ran on the day she died last August. Susan was the lead writer, and had been working on the package for some time. Included was a narrative of Aretha’s life, a list of her essential songs, a timeline of her life and career, a personal essay by Susan, a story about Rev. C.L. Franklin and the Franklin family and many photos.
Susan: “It was a team effort with Adam Graham, Melody Malosh, Oralandar Brand-williams, Detroit News Photo and Design all adding to the package. Felecia Henderson got the whole thing in motion, edited everything and kept us on track. Doing right by Aretha meant a lot personally to us, because we had a relationship with her--not just me, too, Aretha had a relationship with the paper. Just a few months before she died, she called the newsroom and chatted with editor Vince McCraw (who recognized her voice) about changing her subscription to her Riverfront apartment. She often called, for one reason or another. She was one of our most avid (and critical) readers, and we loved her for it.”