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Aretha Franklin

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Black History Month Spotlight

Brief Biography:

Aretha Franklin's musical gifts became apparent at an early age. Largely self-taught, she was regarded as a child prodigy. By the age of 14, she recorded some of her earliest tracks at the church.

Franklin's success continued throughout the 70s, and she took home eight consecutive Grammy awards for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. Franklin earned the title the "Queen of Soul." She worked tirelessly and expanded her sound to include rock and pop covers.

Aretha Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.