Aretha Franklin is a well-known singer from America who is also a songwriter and started her career as a child. Franklin has released many hit singles in her career, including “Spanish Harlem,” “Think,” “Freeway of Love,” “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me),” and “Jump To It.” She has appeared twice in the list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 25, 1942, to her parents Clarence LaVaughn “C. L.” Franklin and Barbara Franklin. She grew up in Detroit, Michigan.
In the 1960s, she relocated to New York City. In the 1970s, she again moved to Los Angeles.
She became pregnant when she was just 12 and gave birth to a child, Clarence, in 1955. The child’s father is Donald Burk. Two years later, she again gave birth to Edward when she was 14. He was born in Edward Jordan. In 1964, she gave birth to her third child named Ted White, Jr. In 1970, Aretha Franklin gave birth to Kecalf Cunningham, who is the son of Ken Cunningham.
In 1961, she was married to Ted White. The couple divorced in 1969. From 1978 to 1982, Franklin was married to Glynn Turman. She was also engaged to Willie Wilkerson.
At the age of 10, Aretha Franklin started performing solos in New Bethel. She was later managed by her father. In 1956, she released her debut album called ‘Songs of Faith.’
In the 1960s, she released the albums ‘Aretha: With the Ray Bryant Combo’, ‘The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin,’ ‘Laughing on the Outside,’ ‘Runnin’ Out of Fools,’ ‘Soul Sister,’ ‘I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You,’ ‘Aretha Arrives,’ ‘Lady Soul,’ and ‘Soul ‘69’.
Her albums from the 1970s include ‘Spirit in the Dark,’ ‘Let Me in Your Life,’ ‘You,’ ‘Sparkle,’ ‘Sweet Passion,’ ‘Almighty Fire,’ and La Diva.’ In 1985, Franklin released her first platinum-certified album called ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’. This was followed by releasing the albums ‘Aretha’, ‘Through the Storm,’ and ‘A Rose Is Still a Rose.’
In the 2000s and 2010s, she released ‘So Damn Happy,’ ‘This Christmas, Aretha,’ and ‘Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.’ She has also released 45 compilation albums, six live albums, and 131 singles.
Awards & Achievements
In 2007, Aretha Franklin was nominated in the Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song. She is the winner of 18 Grammy Awards and has also won three Grammy Special Awards. She has won three American Music Awards out of five nominations. She is also the winner of 3 NAACP Image Awards and 1 TV Land Award. In 2005, she was conferred with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Net Worth & Salary of Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has an estimated net worth of more than $90 million. She made this fortune by releasing a number of albums in her career. Franklin has released a total of 41 studio albums and has sold more than 75 million copies worldwide. She has also appeared in many documentaries, including ‘Muscle Shoals,’ ‘The Zen of Bennett’, and ‘Black Rodeo.’ She has released many No. 1 singles and has also starred in ‘The Blues Brothers.’
Aretha Franklin is considered one of the most popular singers in the world. For her contribution to music, she has received several honors and has got a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is only the second woman who got inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. She has often suffered from weight problems during her career.