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‘NATURAL’ BEAUTY

Columbia Records was the first big label to recognize the talent of Aretha Franklin, when the company and legendary music producer John Hammond signed her

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SUNDAY BEST

With a renowned minister for a father and his children – including a young Aretha Franklin – singing like angels in the choir, the Franklin

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PREACHER MAN

Dubbed the man with the “Million Dollar Voice,” CL Franklin was a well-known minister, civil rights activist and perhaps best known as the father of

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ROLL WITH IT

Aretha Franklin may have been partial to pink Cadillacs, but in the new biopic Respect, it’s a vintage red pedal sedan parked in front of

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OPEN MIC NIGHT

Aretha Franklin didn’t always have the respect of her peers – but she might have attracted a bit of jealousy. In one memorable moment from

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AMAZING GRACE

No one sings Amazing Grace like Aretha Franklin. She made that song her own, but when Jennifer Hudson plays the Queen of Soul in the

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SISTER ACT

The Franklin family had no shortage of talent, and while Aretha Franklin is in a class by herself, her youngest sister, Carolyn, was a talented

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SHARP-DRESSED SONGWRITER

Playing Ted White, songwriter, manager and husband of legendary performer Aretha Franklin from 1961-69, was no easy task for Marlon Wayans. The actor told ABC

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THINK FREEDOM

Aretha Franklin was more than a phenomenal singer – her voice was also powerful beyond songs, and during the civil rights movement of the late

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