Aretha Franklin, also known as the "Queen of Soul," has been one of the most important figures in popular music for over 40 years. She has influenced hundreds of artists over the past four decades and will certainly affect those who have yet to reach fame. She was known for her flashy live performances that were sure to never disappoint. As she continues to tour around the country, Aretha Franklin tickets will sell out quickly!
Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the daughter of a minister, C.L. Franklin, who moved the family to Detroit where he became a nationally known reverend. Aretha Franklin sang in church choirs throughout her childhood and at age 14 began singing as part of her father's gospel revue. It wasn't until she was 18 that she began recording and releasing albums like Aretha (1961), The Electrifying Aretha Franklin (1962), and The Tender Swinging Aretha Franklin (1962).
1967 marked the point at which Aretha Franklin started her climb toward immortality with the release of the single "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You." The song held the #1 spot on Billboard's R&B Singles chart for seven weeks. This marked the first of six #1 singles that Franklin would release over the next couple of years, where she gained the respect of the entire music community and started gaining a huge fan following. Perhaps there is no single that she is better known for than "Respect." The song is recognized today as one of the best songs of the Rock & Roll era and will continue to be played for years to come.
Along with an amazing stretch of commercial success with fans, Aretha Franklin is also one of the most decorated artists of the last 50 years. She has won nineteen Grammy Awards dating as far back as 1968.