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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin (singer, born March 25, 1942, Memphis, Tennessee) For nearly 40 years, Aretha Franklin has been an icon of contemporary pop music, known around the world as the "Queen of Soul." With her extraordinary range and incendiary gospel-inspired phrasing, Franklin exploded onto the music scene in the late 1960s becoming the country's leading female vocalist and one of the first female performers to inject the rhythms and intensity of black gospel music into mainstream pop. She was raised in Detroit, where her father was a Baptist minister. She sang in the church choir as a child. At 14 she became a soloist in her father's traveling gospel revue and made her first professional recording.

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