Aretha Franklin

1942 - 2018

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Aretha Louise Franklin ( ə-REE-thə; March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. Referred to as the "Queen of Soul", she has twice been placed ninth in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". With global sales of over 75 million records, Franklin is one of the world's best-selling music artists.As a child, Franklin was noticed for her gospel singing at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was a minister. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Aretha Franklin has received more than 22,487,982 page views. Her biography is available in 90 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 87 in 2019). Aretha Franklin is the 33rd most popular singer (up from 44th in 2019), the 221st most popular biography from United States (up from 278th in 2019) and the 15th most popular American Singer.

Aretha Franklin is most famous for her soulful voice and her vocal range. She has been called the "Queen of Soul" and her music has spanned many genres, including blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock and roll, and jazz.

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Among singers, Aretha Franklin ranks 33 out of 3,541Before her are Cesária Évora, Mick Jagger, Umm Kulthum, Nana Mouskouri, Brian Johnson, and Whitney Houston. After her are Serge Gainsbourg, Barry White, Nico, Andrea Bocelli, Jacques Brel, and Nina Simone.

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Among people born in 1942, Aretha Franklin ranks 17Before her are Hu Jintao, Harrison Ford, Peter Handke, Barbra Streisand, Ronnie James Dio, and Isabel Allende. After her are Scatman John, Dino Zoff, Michael Haneke, Brian Wilson, Brian Jones, and Ted Kaczynski. Among people deceased in 2018, Aretha Franklin ranks 10Before her are Ingvar Kamprad, Stan Lee, Charles Aznavour, Montserrat Caballé, Miloš Forman, and Bernardo Bertolucci. After her are Amos Oz, Isao Takahata, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, John McCain, Philip Roth, and Paul Bocuse.

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Among people born in United States, Aretha Franklin ranks 221 out of 15,968Before her are Christopher Lloyd (1938), Herbert Hoover (1874), Whitney Houston (1963), George Westinghouse (1846), John Jay (1745), and Mel Gibson (1956). After her are Brigham Young (1801), Tony Curtis (1925), George S. Patton (1885), Robert Duvall (1931), James Monroe (1758), and Barry White (1944).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Aretha Franklin ranks 15Before her are Jim Morrison (1943), Tupac Shakur (1971), James Brown (1933), Barbra Streisand (1942), Patti Smith (1946), and Whitney Houston (1963). After her are Barry White (1944), Nina Simone (1933), Ella Fitzgerald (1917), Eminem (1972), Stevie Wonder (1950), and Kurt Cobain (1967).

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