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Aretha Franklin

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03 January 1987 – Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and 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.


Started out as a gospel singer this “Queen of Soul’s” six-decade-long career has made Franklin one of the most influential and important voices in pop history.
Some of her best-known works include “Respect”, “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)”, and “A Rose Is Still A Rose.
As the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Franklin currently holds 18 Grammy Awards and was ranked 1st on the Rolling Stone’s list of “The Greatest Singers Of All Time” (2012).


Profession: Soul Singer

Nationality: American

Born: 25 March 1942

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Died: 16 August 2018 (aged 76)

Cause of Death: Advanced pancreatic cancer

Written by: Mandy Law

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