Aretha Franklin Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of the "Queen of Soul," ...

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 4:15 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2018 4:15 PM

Here's a look at the life of the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin.

Personal: Birth date: March 25, 1942

Birth place: Memphis, Tennessee

Birth name: Aretha Louise Franklin

Father: Rev. C. L. (Clarence La Vaughn), minister and gospel singer

Mother: Barbara (Siggers) Franklin, gospel singer

Marriages: Glynn Turman (April 11, 1978-1984, divorced), Ted White (1961-1969, divorced)

Children: with Ken Cunningham: Kecalf; with Ted White: Theodore; father's name is not publicly known: Edward and Clarence

Education: Studied classical piano at Julliard School of Music, 1998

Other Facts: Has a four-octave vocal range.

Is a self-taught pianist, who learned without knowing how to read music.

Is extremely private, she rarely discusses her personal life or her father's death.

Her father was shot by burglars in 1979 and remained in a coma until his death in 1984. Rev. Jesse Jackson presided over his funeral.

Claims reports of her mother abandoning the family in 1948 are "an absolute lie." The Franklins separated and the children lived with Rev. Franklin, spending summers with their mother until Mrs. Franklin died in 1952.

Due to an in-flight turbulence incident in 1982, she has an extreme fear of flying.

Has performed at the inaugurations of three presidents: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Has 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins. Ten of those wins are for Best R&B Vocal Performance.

A high school dropout, she has two honorary doctorates of music, from Berklee College of Music and Yale University.

In addition to receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the NAACP Hall of Fame, and the Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame.

Timeline: 1954 - Sings her first solo at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.

1956 - Along with her two sisters, performs backup on her father's gospel recording for Gotham Records.

1960 - Leaves Detroit for New York, signs with Columbia Records and releases first album, "The Great Aretha Franklin."

1967 - Leaves Columbia Records after an unsuccessful attempt at developing a jazz style; signs with Atlantic Records; wins Grammy Award Best R&B Recording for "Respect."

1967-1974 - Wins a total of ten Grammy Awards.

April 9, 1968 - Sings "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 20, 1977 - Performs "God Bless America" at the inauguration gala of President Jimmy Carter.

1980 - Appears in the movie "The Blues Brothers" and performs the song "Think"; leaves Atlantic Records for Arista Records.

1981 - Wins Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for "Hold On I'm Comin'."

1985 - Wins Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for "Freeway Of Love."

January 3, 1987 - Is the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1987 - Wins two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female for "Aretha" and Best R&B Performance by a Duo, with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)."

1988 - Wins Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female for "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism."

1991 - Receives the Grammy Legend Award.

January 20, 1993 - Performs "I Dreamed a Dream" at the inauguration ball of President Bill Clinton.

1994 - Receives the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the youngest recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor at that time.

1997 - Performs an aria from Puccini's La Boheme at the wedding of Vice-President Al Gore's daughter, Karenna.

February 6, 1998 - Reprises her roll of Mrs. Murphy from "The Blues Brothers" in the sequel "The Blues Brothers 2000."

February 25, 1998 - Substitutes for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti at the Grammy Awards performing "Nessun Dorma" by Puccini, unrehearsed.

September 1, 1999 - Publishes an autobiography "Aretha: From These Roots," where she discusses her private and personal life for the first time.

September 22, 1999 - Is named a winner of the National Medal of Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts.

2003 - Wins Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Wonderful".

March 2004 - Is hospitalized and released for allergic reaction to antibiotics.

2004 - Starts her own record label, Aretha's Records.

2005 - Wins Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "A House Is Not A Home."

November 5, 2005 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

2006 - After Franklin points out that no Motown talent was appearing in the Detroit Super Bowl halftime show, the NFL asks her to sing the national anthem along with Aaron Neville prior to the game.

2007 - Wins Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance for "Never Gonna Break My Faith," shared with Mary J. Blige.

February 10, 2008 - Is Grammy's 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year.

February 14, 2008 - Receives the NAACP Vanguard Award at the annual Image Awards ceremony.

January 20, 2009 - Performs "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

February 2010 - A Snickers commercial starring Franklin and Liza Minnelli airs for the first time.

July 27, 2010 - Appears on stage with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on piano, in Philadelphia, to raise money for charity. Rice is a classical pianist. They perform individually and together, classical, pop and patriotic selections.

August 1, 2010 - Falls in her home, breaking two ribs. The incident forces her to cancel concert appearances for August.

February 25, 2011 - During an interview with Wendy Williams, Franklin reveals a loss of 85 lbs. The ailment that resulted in surgery in December remains undisclosed and a topic of conversation she dismisses with the comment, "I've left that behind, I'm feeling wonderful."

May 3, 2011 - Releases new album, "Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love."

October 8, 2014 - Achieves a milestone in music history by becoming the first female to earn her 100th hit on Billboard's Hot R&B song chart with "Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)."

October 21, 2014 - Releases a new album, "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics."

March 5, 2015 - Performs live on the Motown themed episode of American Idol in Detroit.

September 26, 2015 - Franklin sings "Amazing Grace" at the Festival of Families, one of the events sponsored by the Vatican for Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.

February 7, 2017 - Franklin announces she will retire from performing in concert after the release of one more album. "I am retiring this year, she told a local television station in Detroit. "I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert."

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 48201

Reported Deaths: 2693
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11624683
Lake5146242
Elkhart328546
Allen2762129
St. Joseph194366
Cass16389
Hamilton1552101
Hendricks1403100
Johnson1278118
Porter72837
Tippecanoe7158
Madison65864
Clark65144
Bartholomew58544
Howard57557
LaPorte57326
Kosciusko5464
Vanderburgh5226
Marshall4924
Noble47828
Jackson4703
LaGrange4708
Hancock44835
Boone44243
Delaware44250
Shelby42525
Floyd37944
Morgan32931
Grant29426
Monroe29428
Montgomery29420
Clinton2892
Dubois2736
Henry26315
White26310
Decatur25032
Lawrence24425
Dearborn23623
Vigo2348
Warrick21429
Harrison21322
Unassigned193193
Greene18832
Miami1822
Jennings17611
Putnam1698
DeKalb1624
Scott1607
Daviess14317
Wayne1386
Orange13623
Steuben1292
Perry1279
Franklin1248
Jasper1212
Ripley1167
Wabash1122
Carroll1102
Fayette997
Newton9810
Starke933
Whitley925
Huntington812
Gibson802
Randolph794
Jefferson722
Wells721
Fulton701
Jay680
Washington671
Knox640
Pulaski641
Clay604
Rush583
Adams501
Benton480
Owen471
Sullivan441
Brown391
Posey390
Spencer381
Blackford372
Crawford320
Tipton321
Fountain312
Switzerland270
Parke230
Martin220
Ohio170
Vermillion140
Warren141
Union130
Pike110

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 57150

Reported Deaths: 2911
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin10271422
Cuyahoga7724373
Hamilton5924197
Marion273238
Lucas2723302
Pickaway219141
Summit2131206
Montgomery198126
Mahoning1825232
Butler157644
Columbiana130360
Stark1107112
Lorain102167
Trumbull93965
Warren83921
Clark7659
Delaware56815
Fairfield55916
Tuscarawas55210
Belmont54622
Medina51632
Lake49718
Licking47712
Miami46331
Portage44058
Ashtabula43344
Wood42151
Geauga40542
Clermont4006
Wayne36251
Richland3375
Allen31540
Mercer2818
Greene2519
Darke24825
Erie24222
Holmes2313
Huron2152
Madison1958
Ottawa14323
Crawford1355
Sandusky13414
Washington13220
Putnam12815
Ross1243
Hardin12312
Morrow1161
Auglaize1064
Coshocton972
Monroe8917
Jefferson872
Union851
Muskingum831
Hancock781
Hocking788
Preble731
Guernsey703
Lawrence700
Williams702
Clinton680
Shelby684
Logan621
Fulton610
Ashland591
Carroll593
Wyandot586
Athens561
Brown561
Knox511
Defiance503
Fayette460
Highland451
Champaign401
Scioto380
Perry341
Van Wert340
Seneca332
Henry290
Jackson230
Paulding230
Pike230
Adams221
Vinton222
Gallia171
Harrison121
Meigs120
Morgan110
Noble110
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Scattered Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
Angola
66° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 66°
Huntington
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
Decatur
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 72°
Van Wert
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 72°
Few Storms Tuesday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events