Aretha Franklin Schedule
Celebrated for her hits, "Freeway of Love," "Respect," and "I Say a Little Prayer", the
Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, is headed out on the road once again! And you can bet that if you attend one of her
live shows you're in for a treat!
The extremely gifted pianist and singer, Franklin, is one of the most recognized artists
in Grammy history and earned the title of becoming the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
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Aretha Franklin Background
Aretha Louise Franklin was
born to father and Baptist preacher, Reverend Clarence La Vaughan "C.L." Franklin, and mother and gospel singer, Barbara Siggers
Franklin. By the time she was six years old, her parents separated, and her mother died of a heart attack. C.L. moved his
five children to Detroit, where he ended up at New Bethel Baptist Church. There he garnered a national reputation as a preacher.
musical talents were evident at a very early age. Mainly self-taught, she was considered to be a child prodigy. As a pianist
complemented by a breathtaking voice, her virtuosity put her in front of her father's congregation. By the time she was 14,
she recorded some of her songs at the church. She also entertained for her father's mobile revival show, and while on tour,
she struck up a friendship with gospel luminaries like Sam Cooke, Clara Ward and Mahalia Jackson.
Life on the road took
its toll on Franklin, having been subjected to adult behaviors. She became a mom at the age of 15. She gave birth to her second
child two years later. After a short break, she went back to performing and trailed her inspirations like Dinah Washington
and Cooke into the arenas of blues and pop. With the support of her father, Franklin took a shot in the Big Apple in 1960.
Several labels romanced her, including RCA and Motown, but eventually Franklin succumbed to the courtship of Columbia Records.
Her first album, The Great Aretha Franklin, arrived that same year. In 1961, "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody," landed
at No. 37 on the pop charts. Franklin scored a few Top 10 singles on the R&B charts, but they neglected to highlight her
talent manifested in her gospel music. She and her husband and manager, Ted White, made the decision to switch to Atlantic
in 1967. Jerry Wexler, Atlantic producer, instantly put Franklin in the Florence Alabama Musical Emporium studios.
with artists trained in rock, gospel, blues and soul, including session guitarists Duane Allman and Eric Clapton, Franklin
cut the track, "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)." During the recording sessions, White, squabbled with one of the
members of the backup band, and Franklin and White exited quickly. Alas, the single still became a tremendous Top 10 hit,
and Franklin resurfaced in New York and was able to finish the somewhat completed single, "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man."
bolstered her reign in the late '60s with a slew of hit tracks that would become everlasting classics. Her album, I Never
Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) generated hits like Respect, which climbed to No. 1 on both pop and R&B charts and earned
Franklin her first two Grammys. Her other Top 10 hits included "Chain of Fools," "Think," "Baby I Love You," "(You Make Me
Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "I Say A Little Prayer."
In 1968, Franklin was recruited to perform at Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr.'s funeral. She honored her father's friend with a warm rendition of Precious Lord. She also performed at the Democratic
Convention of 1968. Additionally, Franklin was enlisted to perform at Mahalia Jackson's funeral in 1972. Jackson's funeral
reignited her passion in gospel music, culminating in the release of Amazing Grace, which sold more than two million units.
It was the best-selling gospel album at the time.
Franklin's success stretched throughout the '70s. As she swept eight
Grammy awards in a row for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance, she was billed as the "Queen of Soul." She worked diligently
to expand her catalog to include pop and rock cover songs but by the mid-'70s, her sound was being overtaken by the disco
era. Donna Summer and Chaka Khan became the new faces on the music scene, overshadowing Franklin's career. Her soundtrack,
Sparkle, gave her some relief, as well as an invite to entertain at the presidential inauguration in 1977.
relationship with Atlantic ended in 1979, after a series of chart flops. She made a cameo appearance in coveted Blues Brothers
flick (1980), which helped revive her drowning career. She performed her hit single, "Think," along with Dan Aykroyd and John
Belushi, which unveiled her talents to a whole new generation of R&B enthusiasts. Soon after, she inked a deal with Arista
Records. Jump To It, was her first album release with the label, and the album cultivated a tremendous amount of success on
the R&B charts. It also garnered her a Grammy nod.
Who's Zoomin' Who arrived in 1985, which included "Freeway of
Love," as well as a effort with the popular band, Eurythmics. It became her biggest-selling album. The album was followed
by Aretha (1986), which claimed gold status. Her collaboration with George Michael, "I Knew you Were Waiting (For Me)," scored
No. 1 on the pop charts as well.
In 1987, Franklin earned her title as the first female artist to be inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That same year, Franklin received an honorary doctorate from the University of Detroit. In 1993,
she entertained at Bill Clinton's inauguration celebration, and a year later, she was recognized with the Grammy Lifetime
Achievement Award. Over the next few years, Franklin became the star of several tributes and documentaries.
Franklin repeated her role in Blues Brothers 2000. She also released A Rose Is Still A Rose and accepted the Lifetime Achievement
Award for Luciano Pavarotti. Her cover of Nessun Dorma earned rave reviews.
In 2003, she issued her last studio album
on the Arista label, So Damn Happy. She departed from the label to form her own, Aretha Records. In 2005, she was the recipient
of the Presidential Medal of Freedom award and earned her place as the second woman in history to be inducted into the UK
Music Hall of Fame. In 2008, Franklin claimed her 18th Grammy Award for her collaboration with Mary J. Blige, Never Gonna
Break My Faith. She also was invited to perform at President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. With close to 20 Grammys
credited to her name, Franklin is celebrated as one of the most honored talents in Grammy history.
In 2011, Franklin
issued her debut album on her own record label, A Woman Falling Out of Love. To support her efforts, she played multiple concerts,
including a two-night engagement at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Today, Aretha Franklin still reigns as the Queen
of Soul, evidenced by her global fan support.
Aretha Franklin Albums
Aretha Franklin's discography is
comprised of multiple albums, including: Songs of Faith (1956); Aretha (1961); Yeah!! (1965); Soul Sister (1966); Almighty
Fire (1978); Jump to It (1982); and so many more! She is ranked first among female artists with the majority of the Billboard
chart hits during the years of 1955-2012.
Aretha Franklin Trivia
Not only is Aretha Franklin a music icon,
but she can also add fashion trendsetter to her resume. She donned an extravagant hat during Barack Obama's presidential inauguration
that came from Mr. Song Millinery in Detroit. It created such a stir that Luke Song, the designer, sold out of it almost immediately.
Aretha Franklin Concert Experience
If you're looking for something to coax you out of the house, the Queen of
Soul may just be it! There's nothing better than hearing some upbeat, classic tunes by Aretha Franklin to get you movin' and
groovin'. Don't make the mistake of missing out on one of Aretha Franklin's shows when she comes to town. It's one show that's
guaranteed to leave you with memories to last a lifetime. All you need to do is reserve your tickets right here on StubHub!