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by Aretha Franklin
FAST-TRACK: Aretha Franklin (1942 to 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and actress. Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25th 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Her mother was an accomplished piano player, and she began her vocal career as a child by singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, after her father became minister there. When her parents divorced, she stayed with her father in Detroit. Although highly committed to 'gospel' music, at the age of 18 she embarked instead on a secular singing career, initially recording for 'Columbia Records' but achieving only modest success while with them. After signing to 'Atlantic Records' in 1967 her fortunes changed, and she found success with such songs as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think". By the end of the 1960s, she had gained the title 'The Queen of Soul', and eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard. These included 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 Top Ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and 20 No. 1 R&B singles, making her the most prolific female artist in the chart's history. She also recorded many acclaimed albums, such as "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You", "Lady Soul", "Young, Gifted and Black" and "Amazing Grace" before experiencing problems with her record company by the time of the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, she left 'Atlantic' and signed with 'Arista Records', finding success with the albums "Jump to It" and "Who's Zoomin' Who?", and also playing a part in the film "The Blues Brothers". In 1998, she won international acclaim when singing the opera aria "Nessun dorma" at the "Grammy" awards ceremony of that year, replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording, "A Rose Is Still a Rose", to follow on from her other popular and well known hits which included "Rock Steady", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", "Chain Of Fools", "Something He Can Feel", "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael), and a remake of 'The Rolling Stones' song "Jumpin' Jack Flash". During her career, she won a total of 18 "Grammy" awards and became one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. During her lifetime she won many honours - these included a 1987 induction into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" (the first female performer ever to be inducted), and into the "UK Music Hall of Fame" in 2005. In August 2012, she was accepted into the "GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame", and is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine - the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" and the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". In later years, she was plagued by ill-health caused mostly by her penchant for cigarettes and alcohol, and in 2010 had an operation to remove a tumour. From about 2017, although still committed to touring, she regularly cancelled shows whenever she felt unwell. Aretha Franklin died in Detroit on August 16th 2018, aged 76. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45169609
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aretha_Franklin
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† REST IN PEACE †
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away every year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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