Aretha Franklin’s life

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away on August 16th, 2018 at the age of 76 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. As an essential symbol of soul, Aretha Franklin leaves behind a unique musical legacy and a must-see cultural heritage. The news of her death was announced by her agent Gwendolyn Quinn. Many say that Aretha Franklin will forever be queen of soul, as she has left an undeniably mark.



Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Tennessee, Memphis. She died on August 16, 2018 in Michigan. Aretha Franklin is an American singer-songwriter. She is known in the following music genres: gospel, soul, funk, blues, jazz, etc. She is also a pianist and was ranked second in the list of the world’s most famous black figures in 1968. She is one of the best-selling artists with about 75 million sales worldwide. To date, Aretha Franklin remains to be the only singer who broke the record for sale of vinyl records. She was among the first women to be inducted into the Rock and Roll wall of fame.


Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis. Her family lived in the city of Buffalo for a while before they decided to move to Detroit. Aretha was 7 years old at the time. Her father was a reverend, a well-known pastor. He died in 1984 after a long coma. He was shot during a burglary at his house. Aretha’s mother was a gospel singer. She divorced her father when Aretha was 6 years old and left the custody of the children to her husband. She died in 1952. So Aretha and her sisters were part of the Detroit church choir.

Musical career

Aretha’s talents were discovered early on in life and she was awarded a contract at Columbia Records in 1956. Her early career was average as she had little success. During this period, Aretha had two sons, one born in 1955 and the other in 1957. Aretha stopped her studies just after the birth of her second child. She entrusted the children to their grandmother as she pursued the world of music. Aretha gave birth to her third son in 1964. In 1967, Aretha stopped working with Columbia Records and went to Atlantic Records. She worked with some very talented directors who helped her record R & B sounds. These sounds were a great success during the 60s, so she enjoyed worldwide success and was nicknamed the Queen of Soul. She was a source of pride for the black community. Her fourth child was born in 1970. Aretha performed gospels and the album was one of the most successful gospel albums. Her death has changed the world of music, but her legacy will forever remain.