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'Laverne & Shirley' set for TV Land honor

'Laverne & Shirley' set for TV Land honor

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- "Laverne & Shirley," "One Day At a Time" and "Pee-wee's Playhouse" are to be honored at next month's TV Land Awards ceremony in New York, the network said.
Kelly Ripa to host TV Land Awards

Kelly Ripa to host TV Land Awards

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Television personality Kelly Ripa is to serve as host of the 10th annual TV Land Awards show in New York, the cable network said Monday.
Winans says he'll miss 'crazy Whitney'

Winans says he'll miss 'crazy Whitney'

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Gospel singer BeBe Winans laughed through tears, and told the crowd at Whitney Houston's New Jersey funeral he will miss "crazy Whitney."
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Aretha heard of Whitney's death on TV

Aretha heard of Whitney's death on TV

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Aretha Franklin says she learned from a TV report her goddaughter Whitney Houston had died in Los Angeles last weekend.
Kevin Costner to speak at Whitney Houston's funeral

Kevin Costner to speak at Whitney Houston's funeral

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Kevin Costner is to say a few words at the New Jersey funeral of Whitney Houston, his co-star in the 1992 blockbuster "The Bodyguard," sources told People.com.
Obama's campaign playlist posted to Spotify

Obama's campaign playlist posted to Spotify

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released the head of state's official Spotify playlist, including songs by No Doubt, Wilco and Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin calls off engagement

Aretha Franklin calls off engagement

DETROIT, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. recording star Aretha Franklin, 69, says she and her fiance, William "Willie" Wilkerson, have canceled their wedding plans.
Aretha's fiance a former firefighter

Aretha's fiance a former firefighter

DETROIT, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Aretha Franklin's fiance, Willie Wilkerson, is a 64-year-old retired fireman the soul singer has known more than 25 years, the Detroit Free Press said.
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Aretha Franklin says she's engaged

Aretha Franklin says she's engaged

DETROIT, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Soul music icon Aretha Franklin, 69, says she plans to marry William Wilkerson this summer, possibly aboard a yacht in Miami Beach.

Composer Ralph MacDonald dead at 67

STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Ralph MacDonald, the composer of "Where is the Love" and "Just the Two of Us," died Sunday in Connecticut at the age of 67, his family announced.
1 million watch Macy's Parade

1 million watch Macy's Parade

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Major cities across the United States kicked off the holiday season -- and the holiday shopping season -- Thursday with Thanksgiving Day parades.
Aretha Franklin items sold at auction

Aretha Franklin items sold at auction

LIVONIA, Mich., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Hundreds of people attended an auction Saturday in Livonia, Mich., to bid on clothing items once belonging to soul queen Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin surprises crowd at concert

Aretha Franklin surprises crowd at concert

CLEVELAND, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Aretha Franklin surprised a crowd at Cleveland's State Theater by showing up for a special encore performance at a tribute concert honoring her.
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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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