Aretha Franklin - Sondz


Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Referred to as the "Queen of Soul", she has twice been placed 9th in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Franklin began her career as a child, singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was a minister.

At the age of 18, she embarked on a music career as a recording artist for Columbia Records. While her career did not immediately flourish, she found acclaim and commercial success once she signed with Atlantic Records in 1966. Her commercial hits such as "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Chain of Fools", "Think" and "I Say a Little Prayer" propelled her past her musical peers.

Franklin continued to record acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967...


Born25/3/1942, in Memphis
Died16/8/2018 (Aged: 76), in Bloomfield Hills
AreaUnited States
Years active57
Married toGlynn TurmanTed White (1961-1969)
Parent(s)Rev. C.L. Franklin
Sibling(s)Erma Franklin
Child(ren)Teddy F. WhiteKecalf Franklin Cunningham
Role(s)ProducerProducer (executive)MixDesign
Label(s)AtlanticAristaRhino AtlanticRhinoColumbiaLegacyCBSRCAJB ProductionSony Music


Tom Dowd
Tom DowdArrangerRecordingConductorMixProducerInstrument arranger (horn)Engineer
Arif Mardin
Arif MardinArrangerRecordingProducerMixInstrument arranger (flute)Instrument arranger (horn)Instrument arranger (strings)Vocal arranger (background vocals)ConductorVibraphone
Jerry Wexler
Jerry WexlerProducer
Roger Hawkins
Roger HawkinsDrums (drum set)
Robert Mersey
Robert MerseyArrangerConductorProducerCredit
Spooner Oldham
Spooner OldhamElectric pianoOrganPianoVibraphone
Tommy Cogbill
Tommy CogbillBassGuitarBass guitar
Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy JohnsonAcoustic guitarElectric guitarGuitar
The Sweet Inspirations
The Sweet InspirationsBackground vocalsChoir vocalsVocal
Carolyn Franklin
Carolyn FranklinBackground vocalsChoir vocalsOther vocals