Aretha Franklin

  • Known as the Queen of Soul
  • Began her career as a gospel singer in her father’s church
  • Released her first album at the age of 14, called Songs of Faith
  • She was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987
  • Has 20 number one R&B singles beginning in 1967
  • Ranked number one on the Rolling Stones list of Greatest Singers of All Time
  • Described as the voice of black America
  • Received honorary degree from Harvard Law


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