Aretha Franklin

Active - 1972 - 2020  |   Born - Mar 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States  |   Died - Aug 16, 2018   |   Genres - Music, Comedy

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  • At 14, she performed and recorded "Precious Lord" before her father's congregation, Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church.
  • Columbia Records released her first album, The Great Aretha Franklin, in 1960.
  • In 1972, she had a small role in the TV show Room 222.
  • Made her film debut in 1980's The Blues Brothers, singing "Think." 
  • In 1986, Michigan law makers declared her voice the state's greatest natural resource.
  • In 1987, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • In 1994, she was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • In 2006, she became the first female artist to be honored by the United Negro College Fund with the Award of Excellence.
  • Sang at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009.
  • Has been awarded honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music, Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania.