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ARETHA FRANKLIN The QUEEN of Soul 1942 - 2018
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a legend, her life, voice & legacy
Contents Pg. 3 QUEEN of Soul Dies - Pg. 4 Music Career - Pg. 8 Aretha Children - Pg. 10 Ex-Husband Ted White - Pg. 11 Ex-Husband Glynn Turman - Pg. 12 Last male companion - Pg. 13 75 Million Records sold - Pg. 15 music viewed by celebs - Pg. 18 Blues Brothers Movie - Pg. 21
Editor Audrey Egypt Young - Pg. 22 Immediate Family - Pg. 24 Aretha & Clive Davis - Pg. 25 Martin Luther King - Pg. 26 President Bill Clinton - Pg. 27 President George W. Bush - Pg. 28 President Barak Obama - Pg. 29 Star on Hollywood Blvd. - Pg. 30 Aretha Franklin Albums - Pg. 31 Magazine Covers - Pg. 36
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Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Dead at 76 Hall of Fame singer, cultural icon and civil rights activist who influenced countless vocalists succumbs to pancreatic cancer.
Queen Of Soul She is the Queen of Soul, whose hits Respect and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman define the sound of an era.
Aretha Franklin has won 18 Grammies, topped chart after chart and was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Under control: Aretha had dealt with some of her weight issues in 1973 when she posed for this picture, but the battle over her compulsive eating Â has marked her career and she was to put on weight again afterwards.
Since you've been gone: Franklin poses alone in 1968, when her marriage to White was in grave trouble. They divorced a year later but when the picture was taken drinking and eating were already spinning out of control thanks to the diďŹ&#x192;culties of the marriage and in spite of her spectacular musical success
Mentor: Aretha worked with producer Bob Mersey who took over her recording career in 1962 when she wasn't happy with John Hammond. Mersey added huge string orchestrations to her songs and had worked with Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney. It was to prove a key to her rise
Aretha in the early 1960s when she was recording for Columbia Records and trying to find a hit with a jazz number. Bobby Scott, pianist, arranger, composer who had been hired to work on these jazz-oriented sessions said: 'In terms of theme or cohesion of style, we had lost our way.' Aretha and White thought that every song she cut was going to be a hit.
Diva: On stage in 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts, Franklin is a powerful presence. But she was also fighting increasing demons and the emergence of other acts who threatened her position at the top of the music world.
New beginning: Clyde Otis (left, pictured at a recording session) became her producer as a result of her rivalry with Barbra Streisand, whose commercial success made Franklin angry.
Edward Franklin (son, born to Aretha and Edward Jordan) Date of Birth: Jan. 5, 1957
Ted White Jr. (son, born to Aretha and Ted White) Year of Birth: 1964
Kecalf Franklin Cunningham (son, born to Aretha Franklin and Ken Cunningham) Date of Birth: March 28, 1970
Clarence Franklin, Jr. (son, born to Aretha and Donald Burk) Date of Birth: March 28, 1956
Aretha’s Children In a biography of Franklin's life, Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul, it is revealed that Franklin became pregnant at the age of 14, just as her musical career was really starting to take form. Franklin ended up dropping out of high school to care for her son, who she would name Clarence Franklin, after her father. Some two years later when Franklin was 16, she gave birth to another son, Edward Franklin. The singer has never revealed the fathers of her two oldest children.
After marrying Ted White, Franklin gave birth to another son, Ted Jr. Not long after Franklin and White's divorce, she began dating Ken Cunningham, her road manager who replaced White after the couple's divorce. Over the course of their six-year relationship, Franklin had another son, Kecalf. "Although they never married, this was to become one of the most lasting and satisfying personal relationships in Aretha's life," her biography states.
Duration of Marriage: 1961-1969 (8 years together)
Troubled: Aretha Franklin poses in 1961 with her new husband and manager, Ted White. She was 12 when they first met and they married when she was 19. In fact White was also a pimp and used his prostitutes' earnings to invest in her career. Their marriage was abusive and unhappy.
Duration of Marriage: April 11, 1978 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; February 7, 1984 (6 years together)
Married again: In 1979 Franklin was a picture of happiness with her new husband Glynn Turman. She wanted him to be an acting coach as well as a companion but the marriage quickly soured, and she used false stories in magazines to suggest it was happy - when the opposite was true. They met early 1977 at a charity event for underprivileged kids in Los Angeles and sealed the relationship barely a year after meeting. The wedding was conducted by Franklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad.
Over the holidays in 2011, Franklin, who was then 69 years old, became engaged to William "Willie" Wilkerson. Franklin's seemingly "new" beau, a retired fireman, was actually someone she'd met some 27 years prior while she was signing autographs in Detroit, Michigan. At the time, the adorable couple was planning for a summer wedding. Just a month after announcing their engagement, however, the couple released a surprise statement to People.
"Regretfully, To Our Friends and Supporters: Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly," the statement read, "There will be no wedding at this time." Although the couple declined to make any further comments, they signed the statement
jointly and thanked their friends for "the many well wishes."
The two lifelong friends never did end up getting married, but, according toÂ People, Franklin and Wilkerson remained close until Franklin's passing.
Trappings of wealth: Compulsive spending also marked Franklin's career. Here she poses in a fur coat - and one she was later to buy was so large it needed its own plane seat when she went to Toronto for a concert.
Aretha Franklin is one of the BEST-selling musical artists of our time, having sold of over 75 million records worldwide.
Aretha Franklin sings with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for Performing Arts in 2010. JEFF FUSCO / GETTY IMAGES
Just the mention of Aretha Franklin's name conjures up the memory of her undeniable voice. And with a career spanning more than five decades, touching gospel, R&B and pop, Franklin has earned her place in the history books and in the hearts of music fans.
Though the Detroit-raised powerhouse is known for charttopping hits like "Respect," "Think" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," true fans know there's just as much beauty in the Franklin songs with a couple of fewer spins in the jukebox.
Aretha’s songs viewed by other celebrities "Dr. Feelgood," Live at Fillmore West (1971) This recording is so sexually charged, it's hard not feel embarrassed when you listen. In these days of lyrics that border on the obscene, this performance from 1971 has Franklin delivering a raw sexual energy with innuendo, raised eyebrows and a knowing smile among girlfriends. And that stop time break at the chorus? Dr. Feelgood, indeed. It still gives me chills. — Felix Contreras "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" featuring George Michael, Aretha (1986) Two tremendous vocalists cutting through a lot of production and fake noise to make something that is still a total jam: The '80s did this to a lot of people, but when you're these two, you really can get past it. They're weirdly perfectly matched, and the video, which shows other great duets — Sonny and Cher, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell — is supercharming. — Linda Holmes "First Snow in Kokomo," Young, Gifted and Black (1972) "First Snow in Kokomo" is an art song rooted in everyday Midwestern experience, Franklin's jazz in the moment after she is reconsidering the limits of soul, and one of her most tender invitations to live in the moment with her. — Ann Powers "Sparkle," Sparkle (1976) Written and produced by Curtis Mayfield, "Sparkle" received lukewarm reviews when it came out. Sure, it wasn't as a big of a hit as Mayfield's "Superfly," but the Queen's contribution to 70's soundtracks shouldn't be overlooked. The title track is dripping with Curtis's beautiful soul and Aretha's vocal range is stunning. It's a masterclass on how to belt without over-singing. -- Justin Richmond
"Angel," Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) (1973) Co-written by Franklin's sister Carolyn, co-produced by Quincy Jones, this dip into dreamy desire defined quiet storm before anybody thought of the term. — Ann Powers "Wholy Holy," Amazing Grace (1972) The album she recorded at her father's church in Los Angeles in 1972; God walked through the room that day. The audience took in a musical program of traditional spirituals backed by a large choir and was treated to Franklin acknowledging her roots while at the height of her formidable R&B vocal powers. I've played this album on Christmas morning ever since. — Felix Contreras "Spirit in the Dark" featuring Ray Charles, Live at Fillmore West (1971) This version of Franklin's 1970 hit "Spirit in the Dark" makes me tap my feet no matter how many times I hear it. Rockified gospel? Gospelized rock? Whatever it is, it works. — Karen Grigsby Bates "The Woman," A Rose Is Still a Rose (1998) Written by Franklin herself, this wash of tinkly keyboards and wandering love confessions stood out on her late-1990s reckoning with hip-hop, A Rose Is Still a Rose. It's the musical equivalent of your auntie cornering you at your cousin's wedding and instead of boring your socks off, sharing some wisdom you'll never forget. — Ann Powers
“Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that.” “I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is.” “I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.” - Aretha
The mother of two sons by age 16, and later two more, she was often in turmoil as she struggled with her weight, family problems and financial predicaments. One of her best-known producers, Jerry Wexler, nicknamed her “Our Lady of Mysterious Sorrows.” She was divorced twice and her father was shot by burglars and left in a coma for five years until his death in 1984.
It was at Detroit’s New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was pastor, that Franklin learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution.
She was really the first female that really brought that sound to contemporary music. She brought gospel and never watered it down. It was definitely her base and her roots and she never left it. She kept it in everything she sang whether it was jazz, opera or rock, it didn’t matter what it was. You were always going to hear this was Aretha singing.
Her records sold millions of copies and won her 18 Grammy awards. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Franklin was awarded an honorary doctorate
of music in 2006 from Berklee, presented by
President Roger Brown. Following the “thunderous”
applause that erupted when she accepted her
honorary doctorate, according to Brown, Franklin
said, “Follow your dreams and your heart,
and go out there and let them have it.”
“Not only was she a pioneer of soul and
R&B in our midst, but a woman who
sang about respect, satisfaction
and freedom in a variety of styles
including blues, jazz, pop and opera,”
Brown said. “We will never have
another icon like Aretha for so many
of our students to look up to, who
blazed as many paths as she did.”
(L-R) John Belushi, Aretha Franklin and Dan Aykroyd on the set of 'The Blues Brothers' directed by John Landis. Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock
EXCLUSIVE: Her signature songs have been part of dozens of movies going back to Coming Home and More American Graffiti, and she hand-picked Jennifer Hudson to play her in an MGM film biopic earlier this year. But Aretha Franklin has only acted on screen twice, and John Landis directed her both times in short bursts, in The Blues Brothers and its 2000 sequel. On the day Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at age 76,
Landis took the time to share with Deadline his cherished experience with the Queen of Soul and her unforgettable performance of “Think” in the original Blues Brothers film, and how grateful he is that he and cohorts Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi captured iconic soul singers performing on film at a moment when they were being inexplicably forgotten in the disco era.
God has truly been sustaining me throughout all of my hardships, my faith never wavers. The Movement REMIXED has been very Blessed to make a difference in the lives of positive people and their MOVEMENTS. Aretha Franklin was one of our National Treasures. Her voice could be heard around the globe and has since been matched by none. I would be remised not to honor her with an entire magazine dedicated to her Life and Legacy. - Audrey Egypt Young
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“She’s the greatest singer of the 20th century,” says Clive Davis, who attended Franklin’s performance at the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2015.
Aretha Franklin - Family Aretha Franklin (right) with her father C.L. Franklin and sister Carolyn in 1971.
Arethaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, sisters and brother Arethaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father Rev. C.L. Franklin
Clive Davis photographed with the singer at her Beverly Hills home in 1981.
Aretha Franklin and Dr. Martin L. King Jr.
Remembering Aretha Franklin’s moments as a women’s rights and civil rights activist. With nearly six decades of continuous domination, Queen of Soul Aretha Louise Franklin is celebrated worldwide for her legendary mark in the music industry and the feats she conquered as an African American artist springing up in an era where racism and marginalization were in their peak.
There seems to be a lot about Aretha that has gone under the carpet due to her music career. To Aretha herself, music was the most crucial aspect of her life believing that she was called by God to sing. Aside from her outstanding musical
career, Aretha was also a silent activist in her own right. She was never an open civil rights activist or feminist, but many of her actions earned her much respect and proved that she had a keen interest and passion for them.
Through her music, Aretha created awareness on the civil right of African Americans, women and the marginalized in society. One of her greatest hits, “R.E.S.P.E.C.T” became a national soundtrack for these three causes especially civil rights.
Aretha Franklin and President Bill Clinton The National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award to Aretha. Triumph: Franklin's career received a huge boost from Bill Clinton, when he asked her to perform at the 1992 Democratic National Convention - to huge acclaim.
President Bill Clinton and first lady... President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton presented Franklin the National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award in 1999 at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
Former President Bill Clinton has released a statement on the passing of his “friend,” Aretha Franklin who he remained fond of after she performed at both of his Presidential inauguration celebrations. 2003: Academy members Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, President Bill Clinton, and Patti Austin at the International Achievement Summit’s Banquet of the Golden Plate ceremonies held at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Aretha Franklin and President George W. Bush Medal of Freedom for the Queen of Soul. In 2009, Aretha was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. The award is the highest civilian award. In his own words, Aretha was bestowed with the honor for her instrumental use of music to promote justice for all, peace and freedom.
President Bush explained that she revolutionized American music and “has captivated listeners ever since she toured with her father’s gospel revue in the 1950s. She is among our nation’s greatest musical artists and has captured the hearts of millions of Americans.”
Aretha Louise Franklin used her music as a means of speaking to the hearts of many in diﬀerent ways. Despite dealing with issues such as anxiety, weight and health problems and a rumored sex addiction, the icon was able to rise above it all and use her true calling as a musician to speak on pertinent issues still relevant in today’s societies.
The Special Bond Between Aretha Franklin and President Barack Obama No performer meant more to America’s 44th president than the Queen of Soul.
At the Kennedy Center Honors, a 73-year-old Aretha Franklin took the stage in a floor-length fur coat, sat down at the piano and brought President Obama to tears. Her performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” was so rousing that it elicited a standing ovation a full minute before she was even done singing. It would last for just as long after she lowered her
mic and bowed. Obama was among the thousands standing for the first lady of soul, and as she sang, the camera caught the president and the first lady swaying their heads and pumping their fists to one of the nation’s greatest living musicians and the woman Rolling Stone named the Greatest Singer of All Time.
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