Download Aretha Franklin Radio Tribute
In her nearly seven-decade career, Franklin is acknowledged as one of the most important artists in music history, winning 18 Grammy Awards, selling more than 75 million records worldwide, becoming the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and recording 112 charted singles on Billboard, setting the record for the most charted female artist in history.
The audio tribute was produced by Scott “Justin Case” Mayton, Benztown’s Director of Imaging & Production, written by Bill Royal, and voiced by Harry Legg.
Aretha Franklin Tribute
In all of music history there was never a voice like the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin.
Born in Memphis Tennessee in 1942, the daughter of pastor and civil rights activist C.L. Franklin, Aretha grew up singing in her father’s Baptist church in Detroit. She learned piano by ear, and toured with her father’s
gospel caravan as a teen. She signed with Columbia Records in 1960,
(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman
It was with Atlantic Records in 1967 that Aretha established herself as a musical force with hits like “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You,” “Chain Of Fools” and “Natural Woman.” But it was her gender changing cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect” that took her from R&B singer to cultural icon.
Her 56 year career resulted in 20 #1 R&B singles, the third most Grammys in history for a female artist, induction into the Gospel and R&B Halls of Fame, and the first woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Aretha died in her Detroit home, surrounded by family and friends, at age 76. We remember, the one and only Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin.