Aretha Franklin was the reigning “Queen of Soul” for five decades. A preacher’s daughter, she spent her youth in his Detroit church singing gospel. While she had earlier recordings, Franklin catapulted to fame in 1967 with her hit, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You).”
Unmatched in both voice and presence, she won 18 Grammy Awards. In 1987, Franklin was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Her rich voice was synonymous with the civil rights movement, and her involvement was recognized by leaders like Martin Luther King Jr.
– Lauren Bankert, On 3 Public Relations