Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul

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Her powerful voice can stretch over four octaves. She was the first woman to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and for over fifty years, she had inspired generations of performers.

Aretha Franklin, known widely as the legendary “Queen of Soul,” passed away Thursday August 16, 2018 in Detroit at the age of 76.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 26, 1942, she began her career at the age of 14. Aretha released a gospel-themed album called ‘Songs of Faith’ under JVB Records before deciding to become a vocalist like her hero, Sam Cooke.

With hits such as “Chains of Fools”, “Natural Woman”, “Respect”, and many more, Aretha Franklin remains a true inspiration.