Aretha Franklin

How Aretha Franklin Ended Up On Atlantic Records

Feb. 4, 2014 by

Aretha Franklin was born into a musical family, as she sang at New Bethel Baptist, the Detroit-based church of her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin. Although she was a recorded singer by the age of 14 through her father’s church, Aretha’s

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ARETHA FRANKLIN’S FATHER SHOT IN BOTCHED ROBBERY ATTEMPT

Jun. 10, 2013 by

Aretha Franklin’s father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, was shot during a botched robbery inside of his Detroit home today (June 10, 1979). The incident occurred when six men involved in the robbery targeted Reverend Franklin’s home, although they did not know

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ARETHA FRANKLIN LAUNCHES FIRST TOUR OF EUROPE; RECORDS LIVE ALBUM

May. 7, 2013 by

Aretha Franklin launched her first tour of Europe today (May 7, 1968), with a concert in Paris, France. Aretha was fresh off success of her albums I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You and Aretha Arrives, which

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SUPERSTARS GATHER FOR MAHALIA JACKSON’S FUNERAL

Jan. 31, 2013 by

A variety of superstars gathered to mourn for Mahalia Jackson, whose funeral was held today (January 31, 1972). The legendary gospel singer had checked herself into a hospital on January 19, the due to an intestinal condition. During her legendary

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ARETHA FRANKLIN’S HUSBAND FLIPS OUT, SHOTS FIRED DURING DEBUT SESSION

Jan. 24, 2013 by

Aretha Franklin was in Muscle Shoals, Alabama today (January 24, 1967), where she laid down her legendary song “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You).” Shortly after Aretha Franklin signed with Atlantic in 1966, the label’s founder/producer