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Aretha Franklin - 15 Things You Probably Never Knew.

Updated: Aug 31, 2018

She is and will forever be, Aretha Louise Franklin aka "The Queen of Soul". Born March 25th 1942 transitioned August 16th 2018.

The world lost a Legend today while Heaven gained the voice and spirit of an Angel. Aretha Louise Franklin passed away today. While her career is well documented, we understand that there are now at least two generations who may not have a clue about who this amazing woman was.

So, in honor of her legacy, here are 15 things you probably never knew about Aretha Louise Franklin aka "The Queen of Soul".

From a small home in Memphis Tennessee to Minks and singing for Presidents.

1. Aretha is listed as No. 1 on Rolling Stones “100 Greatest Singers” list.

2. Aretha Franklin has been inducted into four, count them, four prestigious Hall of Fames including being the first woman inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1978, the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979, the NAACP Hall of Fame and the Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame.

3. Aretha Franklin had a four-octave vocal range.

4. Aretha Franklin had her first child at the age of 12 and named the child after her father Clarence.

5. . Mahalia Jackson help raised four year old Aretha Franklin following her parents’ divorce in 1948.

6. Aretha Franklin had her second of four male children when she was 14 years old.

7. Aretha learned to play piano by ear before the age of 10 often mimicking by memory, the arrangements she heard while attending church with her father Clarence LaVaughn "C. L." Franklin.

8. An 18 year old Aretha had a huge crush on Sam Cooke who was a singer with a gospel group called the Soul Stirrers .

9. Aretha signed her first record deal at the age of 14 with J.V.B. Records, in 1956 releaseing her first album called Songs of Faith.

10. Aretha was married twice, her first marriage was at age 19.

11. Aretha Franklin was once married to Cooley High and Queen Sugar actor Glynn Turman from 1978 to 1984.

Glynn Turman

12. Aretha Franklin has received honorary degrees from Harvard University in 2014, as well as honorary doctorates in music from Princeton University, 2012; Yale University, 2010; Brown University, 2009; Berklee College of Music, 2006; New England Conservatory of Music, 1995; and University of Michigan, 1987. Franklin was granted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Wayne State University in 1990 and an honorary Doctor of Law by Bethune-Cookman College in 1975.

13. Aretha Franklin has performed at more American Presidential inaugurations than any entertainer. Jimmy Carter (39th), Bill Clinton (42nd) and Barack Obama (44th).

14. Aretha Franklin dropped out of High School after seeing the legendary singer Sam Cooke, who she toured with do the same.

15. Three of Aretha's four siblings also passed away from cancer related illnesses.

Bonus - Aretha was heavily involved in the Civil Rights movement, often times covering the payroll of many organizations. She was also a strong supporter of women's rights and Native American rights.

Here Are Some of Aretha's Most Profound Quotes.

"The man who gets me is getting one hell of a woman."

"I sing to the realists. People who accept it like it is."

"If a song’s about something I’ve experienced or that could’ve happened to me it’s good. But if it’s alien to me, I couldn’t lend anything to it. Because that’s what soul is all about."

"I’ve always felt that rock & roll was very, very wholesome.

Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift."

"Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well."

"Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, it’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.

We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right."

"Politics are not my arena. Music is."

"Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there."

"People really don’t have to give you anything, so appreciate what people give you."

"You cannot define a person on just one thing. You can’t just forget all these wonderful and good things that a person has done because one thing didn’t come off the way you thought it should come off."

"Who hasn’t had a weight issue? If not the body, certainly the big head!"

"I’m the lady next door when I’m not on stage."

"I paid my dues; I certainly did."

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