Aretha Franklin

‘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 to a record deal in

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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 the Queen of Soul. Played

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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 the new film Respect, Aretha

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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 News Radio that, while trying

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THE NATURAL

Aretha’s Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” isn’t her biggest hit, but it may be her most meaningful. From her breakthrough 1967 album I Never Loved a

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BEHIND THE MUSIC

Aretha Franklin is in a class by herself. No performer garnered the universal admiration, love and, yes, respect as the woman form Memphis who went from her church choir to

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