Aretha is known as the Queen of Soul. She was born in Memphis, Tenessee, but was raised in Detroit. The daughter of the Baptist revered Charles L. Franklin, Aretha began singing gospel at her father’s church and made her first recording at the age of 12. She signed Columbia records at 18 but moved to Atlantic label in 1966. She was named top female vocalist by Billboard magazine the following year.
From 1967 to 1975, she won an unprecedented string of Grammy Awards, most of them for best female rhythm and blues vocals. She has recorded more than 50 albums. Her most enduring single is “Respect”. R & B, Soul, pop, Gospel and Jazz were the main genres she chose. Some of her main associated acts include sweet inspiration, Emma Franklin, Cissy Houston, King Curtis etc. The main instruments she used for her songs were Vocals, piano, keyboards and so on. You can more of Aretha from her website
(This article is written by referring ‘The New Book Of Knowledge’, volume 12(M))