Aretha Franklin (Queen of Soul)- Some Unknown Facts about her
Aretha Franklin’s music is very special if you feel that music. Special in a different way for each and every of her fan. She sang gospel music growing up and was singing for Columbia at 18, and moved to Atlantic records in 1967 at the age of 25. A major feat in and of itself to be signed at that age and during that time – which also points to her talents as a singer.
Aretha Franklin was a gospel singing star before she turned to soul music. Add to that her piano playing skills, ability to convey depth of feeling to her work and her strong confidence in herself as a black woman in the 1960s and you have a bona fida star.
What is special about Aretha Franklin’s Music:
The music Aretha is most known for are about people, a movement and relationships. They don’t have a particularly large range but they do capture the heart and soul. And Aretha puts a lot of heart and soul into her singing. The music reaches people on an emotional level – something some people call a unique factor beyond the technical performance.
At the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998 she rec’d a standing ovation by her industry peers after her performance of “ Nessun Dorma” a Puccini aria. She performed there as a substitute for Pavarotti who had health concerns and couldn’t attend.
Unknown Facts about Aretha Franklin:
– She was the first female Hall of Famer: Aretha was the very first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was inducted at the 1987 ceremony by Keith Richards, who announced her as “The first lady to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
– She has performed at the inaugurations of three U.S. presidents: Franklin sang at both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton’s inaugurations, and in 2009 she performed “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Five years later, during a tribute to Women of Soul at the White House, President Obama accidentally misspelled “respect” while introducing the Queen of Soul.
– She has a major fear of flying: An in-flight turbulence incident in 1982 left her with a fear of flying, but in 2012 she revealed that she still gets around. “I’ve been to California from Detroit four times this year and Florida. I go wherever I choose to go comfortably on my custom bus,” Franklin dished.
– She was a mother of two by age 14: Way before she had her first hit single, the future music legend had her first child. Franklin gave birth to sons her Clarence and Edward as a young teen. She later had two other sons, Theodore and Kecalf, born in 1963 an 1970, respectively
– Franklin has a four-octave vocal range, and she is also a self-taught pianist who learned how to play without knowing how to read music.