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Aretha Franklin receives honorary degree from Harvard

Aretha Franklin receives honorary degree from Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 30 (UPI) --Aretha Franklin performed the national anthem and received an honorary degree at Harvard University on Thursday.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page to receive an honorary doctorate from Berklee

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page to receive an honorary doctorate from Berklee

March 13 (UPI) -- Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will receive an honorary doctorate from Boston's Berklee College of Music.
Annie Martin
Ariana Grande performs during 'Women Of Soul' event at the White House

Ariana Grande performs during 'Women Of Soul' event at the White House

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Ariana Grande performed for the President of the United States during the "Women Of Soul: In Performance At The White House" concert on Thursday March 6th.
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President Obama misspells "respect" during Aretha Franklin tribute

President Obama misspells "respect" during Aretha Franklin tribute

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- President Obama spelled "respect" as "R-S-P-E-C-T" during his tribute to Aretha Franklin on Thursday.
Annie Martin
President Obama's schedule for Thursday, March 6

President Obama's schedule for Thursday, March 6

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday participates in a town hall meeting focusing on healthcare reforms benefits for Latinos, the White House said.
Blake Shelton scores big for his team on 'The Voice'

Blake Shelton scores big for his team on 'The Voice'

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- Blake Shelton snatches up an R&B singer for his team whose vocals blew all four judges away on "The Voice."
Annie Martin
Mariah Carey's sexy outfit and suspect BET Honors performance cause a stir

Mariah Carey's sexy outfit and suspect BET Honors performance cause a stir

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Fans took to Twitter on Monday night after Mariah Carey's cleavage-baring performance at the BET Honors.
Annie Martin
Mariah Carey dons very low-cut dress for BET Honors

Mariah Carey dons very low-cut dress for BET Honors

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey managed not to have a wardrobe malfunction during Saturday's BET honors, despite her daring gown.
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Forest Whitaker to receive NAACP Chairman's Award

Forest Whitaker to receive NAACP Chairman's Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Actor, producer and director Forest Whitaker is to receive the NAACP Chairman's Award during a ceremony in Los Angeles next month, organizers said.
Obama offers gratitude to Nelson Mandela at White House tree lighting

Obama offers gratitude to Nelson Mandela at White House tree lighting

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama presided over the White house Christmas tree lighting ceremony, while Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin headlined the entertainment.
Tracy Morgan enjoying return to stand-up comedy

Tracy Morgan enjoying return to stand-up comedy

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Tracy Morgan is returning to stand-up comedy but he says, even during his years on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" he never left.
Metallica to play the Apollo Theater in New York

Metallica to play the Apollo Theater in New York

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The heavy metal band Metallica says it will play the iconic Apollo Theater in New York next month.

Aretha Franklin could testify in songwriter's royalties lawsuit

DETROIT, June 2 (UPI) -- Songwriter Norman "Ace" West wants Aretha Franklin to testify in his lawsuit in Detroit against her publishing company for allegedly withholding royalties.

'Tonight' band drummer Ed Shaughnessy dead at 84

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) -- Ed Shaughnessy, a U.S. jazz musician who played drums with Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show Band for nearly three decades, has died, his family said. He was 84.
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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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