4. She released 42 studio Albums
Aretha is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.
She has released 42 studio albums, and her biggest hit in the UK was her George Michael duet ‘I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)’ in 1987, reaching number one.
5. Aretha Franklin Sang at the inauguration of three American Presidents.
Aretha Franklin sang at the inaugurations for three American Presidents: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
“American history wells up when Aretha sings”, president Barack Obama said of his emotional response to her performance of ‘Natural Woman’ at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors.
“Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll – the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope.”
6.She was crowned No. 1 in Rolling Stone’s “The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
She was crowned No. 1 in Rolling Stone’s “The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” In her sixth decade of performing, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin still resonates with fans across generations, while her powerful gospel style is influencing a new generation of female singers.
7. She sings opera.
At the 1998 Grammy Awards, Franklin won international acclaim when she stepped in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti to sing one of the most famous opera arias of all time, Puccini’s “Nessun dorma.”