Her music is legendary. Its follow-up, her definitive rendition of Otis Redding's "Respect", which was significantly revamped to come from a fed-up woman's perspective, topped both charts.
In a diva-filled business, Franklin was "the" diva, and somehow that was a complete compliment.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942, Aretha moved to Detroit around the age of five with the rest of her family, where her father C. L. Franklin took over the pastorship of the New Bethel Baptist Church.
Aretha's family relocated to Detroit, Michigan while she was still an infant.
The pastor was a fiery and captivating voice at the pulpit.
By 17, she had given birth to two children and later had two other sons.
The singer's career took off when she recorded her 1967 hit "Respect", which won two Grammy Awards. In fact, she turned down Berry Gordy's fledgling label. By 1961, she made the transition into pop; between 1961 and 1969, she recorded 10 albums with Columbia Records. The result was electrifying.
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The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer. Many saw her as the embodiment of black America. Add Aretha Franklin as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Aretha Franklin news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Aretha had reportedly been undergoing hospice care at her home for the last several months, and TMZ reports that she shockingly weighed only 86 pounds at the time of her death.
'We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. This gold single framed Franklin with fragrant strings and thorny beats, while the album of the same name similarly matched her with hip-hop kingpins like Jermaine Dupri and Puff Daddy. Through it all, Aretha remained music royalty. In 1987, she became the first woman to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "American history wells up when Aretha sings". "Just to know I uplifted another person - I wouldn't be doing anything else". I just was all but overwhelmed that he rushed to the stage in the way that he did.
"I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce", Franklin said at the time. She received our nation's greatest honor in 2005 when she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The soul and gospel legend Aretha Franklin has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer cancer.
A lifelong obsession with cooking and food meant weight problems that were all too evident.
Her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said Aretha was surrounded by family and loved ones when she died at 9.50am.