The illustrious career of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin
It has been a week since Aretha Louise Franklin passed away, leaving her fans and the people who love her in deep grief. Let's look back her career to commemorate the woman with one of the greatest voices in human music history.
She was born in 1942 and was the third child in a family of Christianity. She began her career at the age of 10, getting her own records at the age of 14.
In 1966, Franklin signed with Atlantic Records and reaped great commercial success. Respect (1967) peaked at number one on the Billboard charts and was the biggest hit, making the diva the most popular. So far, “Respect” is still seen as a manifesto of feminism and human freedom. This song creates a wave of claim to equality all over the world.
In 1969, she halted artistic activities for breaking her arm. A year later, Franklin came back and repeatedly recorded a string of songs and albums, enthusiastically supported by the audience. These are Spirit in the Dark (1970), Young, Gifted & Black (1971) and Amazing Grace (1972). Among them, Amazing Grace became the best-selling gospel album in the world. This period was also considered the golden age of her music career.
Although known as the "Queen of Soul", Franklin was still very successful when she performed jazz, rock, blues, or R&B. In 1985, she made her fans ‘crazy’ with the release of her album Who's Zoomin' Who, featuring contemporary pop rock and dance.
In 2014, she released Aretha Sings' Great Diva Classics.On the Billboard, Franklin said, "The original recordings are classic and well known songs, so I have to be fair to them, but people are different. You will not be disappointed because I will bring what was expected and what you did not expect."
In her career, Franklin was nominated for 44 Grammy Awards and won 18 of them. She was one of the best-selling artists in the world (over 75 million records). The diva had a great influence on later generations of singers such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion... Time magazine ranks Franklin on the list of the most important figures of the 20th century, along with people in all other fields. In 2008, the prestigious American music magazine the Rolling Stone voted her at number one on the list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.
In 2017, Franklin announced that she would retire when she finished her last tour in 2018. However, her health condition forced her to stop performing art. The last time she stood on stage was during the night of November 2017. In March, she canceled all her concerts and doctor asked her to rest for at least two months.
On August 16th, Aretha Franklin passed away at her home in Detroit, Michigan (USA) at age 76, after a long time suffering from cancer. The death of the singer left a great loss to the world music.
By: Lilly Smith