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12 Important Facts About Aretha Franklin That You May Not Know



  1. Aretha Franklin was born in March 25, 1942 and died on August 16, 2018, aged 76. She began her career as a child singer in the gospel music genre. Her father, C.L Franklin, a minister in the Baptist church in Detroit, died in a shooting incident shortly after midnight on Sunday, June 10, 1979. He was shot twice at point-blank range.

  1. Despite performing as a teen singer in the Baptist Church in Detroit, Aretha only began a secular career in 1960 at the age of 18.


  1. Aretha first recording label was Columbia Records, but fame dodged her until she moved her talents to Atlantic Records


  1. Aretha lost lost her father in 1979, in the course of an attempted robbery at his home on Detroit’s West Side. He was to remain in a coma for the next five years, before he eventually died

  1. Aretha Franklin was the most charted female artist in history, having recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and 20 number-one R&B singles.


  1. Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

  1. Aretha Franklin was the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and this was in 1987. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame

  1. Aretha Louise Franklin was born at 406 Lucy Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara (née Siggers) and Clarence LaVaughn “C. L.” Franklin.

  1. Her father C. L. and Barbara had children from outside their marriage.
  1. The family relocated to Buffalo, New York, when Aretha was two. Before her fifth birthday, C. L. Franklin permanently relocated the family to Detroit, Michigan where he took over the pastorship of New Bethel Baptist Church.
  1. Aretha’s parents had a troubled marriage due to stories of her father’s philandering and in 1948, the couple separated, with Barbara relocating back to Buffalo with her son, Vaughn, from a previous relationship.
  2. Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Was her first Arista album to be certified platinum. The album sold well over a million copies thanks to the hits, “Freeway of Love”, the title track, and “Another Night”.