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Today in music; a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Chambers Brothers percussionist Lester Chambers, who was born in 1940 (age 63); bassist Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and also Hot Tuna, and Brian Pendleton, guitarist with The Pretty Things, both in 1944 (age 59); Al Green,
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Tiny Tim (real name: Herbert Khaury), believed born in 1932; Herbie Hancock in 1940 (age 63); John Kay of Steppenwolf in 1944 (age 59); David Cassidy in 1950 (age 53); Pat Travers in 1954 (age 49); Alexander Briley of the Village
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look at pop music

, April 11 (UPI) -- Today's birthdays include Chris Difford of Squeeze, who was born in 1954 (age 49); Neville Staples of the Specials in 1956 (age 47); Stuart Adamson, guitarist with Big Country, in 1958 (age 45); and Lisa Stansfield in 1966 (age 37).

Feature: Lisa Marie Presley

DETROIT, April 7 (UPI) -- Her father was The King. The most famous of her three ex-husbands calls himself the King of Pop. But on her long-awaited first album, "To Whom it May Concern,"
GRAY GRAFF

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, March 25, the 84th day of 2003 with 281 to follow.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Johnny Burnette, who was born in 1934; country's Hoyt Axton in 1938; Anita Bryant in 1940 (age 63); Aretha Franklin in 1942 (age 61); Elton John in 1947 (age 56); Boney M singer Maisie Williams in 1951 (age 52); Steve "Spiny" Nor
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will headline the 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring the headliner's quintet Halford, co-headliners Testament, Immortal, Symphony X, Dark Tranquility, Amon Amarth, Carnal Forge and more.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Burt Bacharach recovering from surgery

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- Composer Burt Bacharach was discharged from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles Monday after surgery last week for complications following a dental absce
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include British singer/actor Murray Head, who was born in 1946 (age 57); reggae singer/songwriter Eddy Grant in 1948 (age 55); Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark in 1952 (age 51); and the late Andy Gibb was born in 1958.
By United Press International

Norah Jones takes pair of Grammys

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Norah Jones's song "Don't Know Why" earned Grammy Awards Sunday for Song of the Year and Best Record of the Year. Stating she was a huge fan of presenters Areth

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Simon and Garfunkel might be planning a reunion performance at the Grammy awards, during which they will be presented with Lifetime Achievement honors.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

"Last of the Mississippi Jukes," a documentary tribute to the blues and juke joints of Mississippi by filmmaker Robert Mugge, will be made available on DVD by Sanctuary Records March 18.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Top recording artists will vie for face time in the Big Apple this week as pre-Grammy parties take over the city.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Sonny Bono who was born in 1935; R&B singer James Ingram in 1956 (age 47); actor-rapper Ice T (real name: Tracy Morrow) in 1959 (age 44); former Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor in 1961 (age 42); and the Blow Monkeys' Tony Kylie
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Brian Holland of the songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, who was born in 1941 (age 62); Kinks drummer Mick Avory in 1944 (age 59); John Helliwell, saxophonist with Supertramp, in 1945 (age 58); Santana bassist David Brown in
By United Press International
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Aretha Franklin
Singer/Song writer Aretha Franklin performs during Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 20, 2009. Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Although known for her soul recordings and referred to as The Queen of Soul, Franklin is also adept at jazz, blues, R&B, gospel music, and rock. Rolling Stone magazine ranked her atop its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time as well as the ninth greatest artist of all time. She has won 18 competitive Grammys and two honorary Grammys. She has 20 No.1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and two No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Respect" (1967) and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (1987), a duet with George Michael. Since 1961, she has scored a total of 45 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. She also has the most million-selling singles of any female artist (14). Between 1967 and 1982 she had 10 No.1 R&B albums—more than any other female artist. In 1987, Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was the only featured singer at the 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.

Aretha Louise Franklin (named for two aunts) was born in a two-room house in Memphis located at 406 Lucy St. She was the third of four children born to Barbara (née Siggers) and C.L. Franklin and the fifth of six overall in between past relationships by her parents. Franklin's family moved to Buffalo, when Franklin was two, and then by four, had settled in Detroit. Following the move to Detroit, Franklin's parents, who had a troubled marriage, split. Due to her father's work as a Baptist minister, Franklin was primarily raised by her grandmother, Rachel. Franklin suffered a tragedy when her mother died in Buffalo when Aretha was ten. Franklin sang in church at an early age and learned how to play piano by ear.

By her late preteens, Franklin was regularly singing solo numbers in her father's New Bethel Baptist Church. C.L. (né Clarence LaVaughn) Franklin), Aretha's father, was a respected local preacher. She grew up with local and national celebrities hanging out at her father's home including gospel greats Albertina Walker and her group The Caravans, Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward, three women who played a pivotal role in her vocal development as a child.

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