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Aretha Franklin taking month of June off

Aretha Franklin taking month of June off

LOS ANGELES, May 23 (UPI) -- Aretha Franklin's spokesman says the U.S. music icon is taking off the month of June, but he didn't say why.

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Music mogul Clive Davis confirms he is bisexual

Music mogul Clive Davis confirms he is bisexual

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. music mogul Clive Davis says in his memoir he has been in a romantic relationship with a man for seven years, confirming for the first time he is bisexual.
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White House shrugs off 'lip-synch' flap

White House shrugs off 'lip-synch' flap

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The White House said Wednesday it would not "deal with" the question of whether Beyonce lip-synched at the presidential inaugural in Washington Monday.

Singer-songwriter Joe South dies at 72

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Joe South, a singer-songwriter whose hits included "Games People Play," has died of an apparent heart attack in Georgia, a longtime friend said. He was 72.
Aretha Franklin wants to judge 'Idol'

Aretha Franklin wants to judge 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) -- U.S. singer Aretha Franklin said she'd be interested in judging "American Idol," replacing Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, who won't return next season.
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Aretha to play hometown gig Friday

Aretha to play hometown gig Friday

DETROIT, June 20 (UPI) -- Music icon Aretha Franklin says she is looking forward to performing at the Fox Theatre this week in her hometown of Detroit.
Parker hosts Obama fundraiser in N.Y.

Parker hosts Obama fundraiser in N.Y.

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- Former "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica held a fundraiser in New York for the re-election campaign of U.S. President Barack Obama.
George Clooney to be honored at Carousel of Hope gala

George Clooney to be honored at Carousel of Hope gala

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 4 (UPI) -- Actor and philanthropist George Clooney is to be honored at The Carousel of Hope gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., for his humanitarian work, organizers said.
Nashville memorial planned for Donna Summer

Nashville memorial planned for Donna Summer

NASHVILLE, May 18 (UPI) -- Donna Summer's family says a private memorial service for the disco music icon is being planned for next week in her adopted home of Nashville.

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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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