Aretha Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.
Aretha Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted.
She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
In August 2012, Aretha Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Aretha Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in which she placed number 1.
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Several Grammy award wins, the first women to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and dubbed as the Queen Of Soul.
Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Aretha was born to parents, Barbra Singers homemaker, and Clarence Franklin a baptist minster.
Aretha Franklin started to sing due to her father being a minister.
Clarence Franklin was one of the most respected and prominent ministers in the country, because of this she grew up surrounded by local and national celebrities.
Franklin learned how to play piano by ear and soon understood the correct tones and pitches need
ed for songs.
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Not only was her birthplace — Memphis, Tennessee — one of the most important cities in the history of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, but her father, C. L., was a Baptist minister and gospel singer known nationwide as “The Man with the Million-Dollar Voice.” He moved the family to Detroit — another musical hotbed — in 1944.
Aretha’s mother, Barbara, was a singer as well. By the middle of the 1950s, Aretha had learned to play piano and, along with her sisters, was singing in her father’s church choir.
She also toured the gospel circuit with C. L. during this time and became acquainted with the likes of Clara Ward, Mahalia Jackson and Smokey Robinson, as well as civil rights figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson, who were among her well-connected family’s many notable friends.