Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018): Life and Times Of The Queen Of Soul Music In Pictures


Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018): Life and Times Of The Queen Of Soul Music In Pictures

By Chux Odoh

America’s “queen of soul” Aretha Franklin, has died in her home in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 76. Franklin in her lifetime enjoyed a successful and eventful career which spanned seven decades.

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Born in Memphis in 1942, Aretha Louise Franklin moved with her family to Detriot Michigan when she was 2 years old and made her first recording when she was just 14. However, her career did not truly take off until she signed for Atlantic Records in 1966.

During her career, the legendary singer won 18 Grammy Awards and sold over 75 Million records.

NET brings you a look back at her life and times in pictures.


Franklin signs a contract with Atlantic Records’ Jerry Wexler, left, and her husband and manager Ted White in New York on Nov. 21, 1966

Franklin with Martin Luther King Jr. in the late 1960s. Franklin sang “Precious Lord, Take Thy Hand” at King’s funeral in 1968.

Aretha Franklin pictured with Rev. Jesse Jackson as he spoke to reporters at the Operation PUSH Soul Picnic at the 142nd Street Armory in New York, March 26, 1972. Left to right are: Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X; Jackson; Tom Todd, vice president of PUSH; Miriam Makeba and Louis Stokes, rear right. PUSH stands for People United to Save Humanity

Soul singer Aretha Franklin is shown at a news conference on March 26, 1973.

Aretha Franklin and James Brown perform at the Taboo nightclub in Detroit Saturday night, Jan. 11, 1987, for a show which was taped for airing on HBO.

Singer Aretha Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards and sold more than 75 million records during her lifetime

Aretha Franklin holds both shoes and award after being honoured during the 10th annual American Music Award presentation in Los Angele, Jan. 17, 1983. Ms Franklin received her third American Music award by winning the honour for favourite soul album with “Jump To It.”

Singing legend Aretha Franklin at the finale of “Aretha Franklin: Duets,” an AIDS benefit concert in New York, April 28, 1993. From left to right: Franklin, singers Smokey Robinson, Gloria Estefan, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, and actors Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro. Proceeds from the concert went to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

Singer Aretha Franklin dances on stage during the first annual march on cancer Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in Washington. The daylong event, known as “The March,” drew thousands of cancer survivors, patients, and loved ones descending on the National Mall to remember cancer victims and to ask for more research funds.

Host Hugh Jackman, right, leans to kiss Aretha Franklin after they sang together at the 2005 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sunday, June 5, 2005.

Aretha Franklin sings with Stevie Wonder at the finale of the “VH1 Divas 2001: The One and Only Aretha Franklin” event Tuesday, April 10, 2001, in New York. Both singers were very close friends and Stevie was one of the few who saw her in her final moments .


Aretha Franklin performs as Pope Francis is seated nearby during the Festival of Families, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Aretha Franklin’s last performance in November 2017 at the Elton John AIDS Gala

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