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Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer and songwriter.

Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Churchin Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think". By the end of the 1960s she had gained the title "The Queen of Soul".

Aretha Franklin - I say a little prayer

Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart's history.

Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love YouLady SoulYoung, Gifted and Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with her part in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers and with the albums Jump to It (1982) and Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985).

In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria "Nessun dorma", at the Grammys of that yearreplacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with "A Rose Is Still a Rose".

Franklin's other popular and well known hits include "Rock Steady", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", "Chain Of Fools", "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", "Something He Can Feel", "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael), and a remake of The Rolling Stones song "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Early life

Aretha Louise Franklin was born at 406 Lucy Avenue, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara (née Siggers) and Clarence LaVaughn "C. L." Franklin. Her father was an itinerant preacher originally from Shelby, Mississippi, while her mother was an accomplished piano player and vocalist.  Alongside Aretha, her parents had three other children, and both C. L. and Barbara also had children from outside their marriage. The family relocated to Buffalo, New York, when Aretha was two. Before her fifth birthday, C. L. Franklin permanently relocated the family to Detroit, Michigan where he took over the pastorship of New Bethel Baptist Church. Aretha's parents had a troubled marriage due to stories of her father's philandering and in 1948, the couple separated, with Barbara relocating back to Buffalo with her son, Vaughn, from a previous relationship.

Contrary to popular notion, Aretha's mother did not abandon her children; not only would Franklin recall seeing her mother in Buffalo during the summer, Barbara also frequently visited her children in Detroit. Aretha's mother died on March 7, 1952, before Aretha's tenth birthday. Several women, including Aretha's grandmother Rachel and Mahalia Jackson, took turns helping with the children at the Franklin home. During this time, Aretha learned how to play piano by ear. Aretha's father's emotionally driven sermons resulted in his being known as the man with the "million-dollar voice" and earning thousands of dollars for sermons in various churches across the country. His celebrity status led to his home being visited by various celebrities, among them gospel musicians Clara Ward, James Cleveland and early Caravans members Albertina Walker and Inez Andrews as well as Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. Aretha attended Northern High Schooll but later dropped out during her sophomore year.

Music career

Beginnings (1952–1960)

Just after her mother's death, Franklin began singing solos at New Bethel, debuting with the hymn, "Jesus, Be a Fence Around Me". Four years later, when Franklin was 14, her father began managing her, bringing her on the road with him during his so-called "gospel caravan" tours for her to perform in various churches. He helped his daughter get signed to her first recording deal with J.V.B. Records, where her first album, Songs of Faith, was issued in 1956. Two singles, "Never Grow Old" and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", were released to gospel radio stations. Franklin sometimes traveled with The Caravans and The Soul Stirrers during this time and developed a crush on Sam Cooke, who was then singing with the Soul Stirrers before his secular career.

At the age of 16, Franklin went on tour with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in 1968 sang at his funeral.

After turning 18, Franklin confided to her father that she aspired to follow Sam Cooke to record pop music. Serving as her manager, C. L. agreed to the move and helped to produce a two-song demo that soon was brought to the attention of Columbia Records, who agreed to sign her in 1960. Franklin was signed as a "five-percent artist". During this period, Franklin would be coached by choreographer Cholly Atkins to prepare for her pop performances. Before signing with Columbia, Sam Cooke tried to persuade Franklin's father to have his label, RCA sign Franklin. He had also been courted by local record label owner Berry Gordy to sign Franklin and her elder sister Erma to his Tamla label. Franklin's father felt the label was not established enough yet. Franklin's first Columbia single, "Today I Sing the Blues", was issued in September 1960 and later reached the top ten of the Hot Rhythm & Blues Sellers chart.

Initial success (1961–1966)

In January 1961, Columbia issued Franklin's first secular album, Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo. The album featured her first single to chart the Billboard Hot 100, "Won't Be Long", which also peaked at number 7 on the R&B chart. Mostly produced by Clyde Otis, Franklin's Columbia recordings saw her recording in diverse genres such as standards, vocal jazz, blues, doo-wop and rhythm and blues. Before the year was out, Franklin scored her first top 40 single with her rendition of the standard, "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody", which also included the R&B hit, "Operation Heartbreak", on its b-side. "Rock-a-Bye" became her first international hit, reaching the top 40 in Australia and Canada. By the end of 1961, Franklin was named as a "new-star female vocalist" in Down Beat magazine. In 1962, Columbia issued two more albums, The Electrifying Aretha Franklin and The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin, the latter of which charted at number 69 on the Billboard Pop LPs chart.

By 1964, Franklin began recording more pop music, reaching the top ten on the R&B chart with the ballad, "Runnin' Out of Fools" in early 1965. She had two R&B charted singles in 1965 and 1966 with the songs "One Step Ahead" and "Cry Like a Baby" while also reaching the Easy Listening charts with the ballads "You Made Me Love You" and "(No, No) I'm Losing You". By the mid-1960s, Franklin was netting $100,000 from countless performances in nightclubs and theaters. Also during that period, Franklin appeared on rock and roll shows such as Hollywood A Go-Go and Shindig!. However, it was argued that Franklin's potential was neglected at the label. Columbia executive John H. Hammond later said he felt Columbia did not understand Franklin's early gospel background and failed to bring that aspect out further during her Columbia period.

Commercial success (1967–1979)

In November 1966, choosing not to renew her Columbia contract after six years with the company, Franklin signed to Atlantic Records.[25] In January 1967, she traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record at FAME Studios to record the song, "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" in front of the musicians of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. The song was later issued that February and shot up to number-one on the R&B chart, while also peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Franklin her first top ten pop single. The song's b-side, "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man", reached the R&B top 40, peaking at number 37. In April, Atlantic issued her frenetic version of Otis Redding's "Respect", which shot to number-one on both the R&B and pop charts and later became her signature song and was later hailed as a civil rights and feminist anthem.

Franklin's debut Atlantic album, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, also became commercially successful, later going gold. Franklin scored two more top ten singles in 1967 including "Baby I Love You" and "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman". Franklin's rapport with producer Jerry Wexler helped in the creation of the majority of Franklin's peak recordings with Atlantic. In 1968, she issued the top-selling albums, Lady Soul and Aretha Now, which included some of Franklin's most popular hit singles, including "Chain of Fools", "Ain't No Way", "Think" and "I Say a Little Prayer". In February 1968, Franklin earned the first two of her Grammys, including the debut category for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. On February 16, 1968, Franklin was honored with a day in her honor and was greeted by longtime friend Martin Luther King, Jr. who gave her the SCLC Drum Beat Award for Musicians just two months before his death. In June 1968, she appeared on

Franklin's success expanded during the early 1970s in which she recorded top ten singles such as "Spanish Harlem", "Rock Steady" and "Day Dreaming" as well as the acclaimed albums Spirit in the DarkYoung, Gifted & Black, and her gospel album, Amazing Grace, which sold over two million copies. In 1971, Franklin became the first R&B performer to headline Fillmore West, later releasing the live album Aretha Live at Fillmore West.[31] Franklin's career began to experience problems while recording the album, Hey Now Hey, which featured production from Quincy Jones. Despite the success of the single "Angel", the album bombed upon its release in 1973. Franklin continued having R&B success with songs such as "Until You Come Back to Me" and "I'm in Love", but by 1975 her albums and songs were no longer top sellers. After Jerry Wexler left Atlantic for Warner Bros. Records in 1976, Franklin worked on the soundtrack to the film Sparkle with Curtis Mayfield. The album yielded Franklin's final top 40 hit of the decade, "Something He Can Feel", which also peaked at number-one on the R&B chart. Franklin's follow-up albums for Atlantic, including Sweet PassionAlmighty Fire and La Diva, bombed on the charts, and in 1979 Franklin opted to leave the company.

Later years (1980–2018) 

In 1980, after leaving Atlantic Records, Franklin signed with Clive Davis' Arista Records and that same year gave a command performance at the Royal Albert Hall in front of Queen Elizabeth. Franklin also made an acclaimed guest role as a waitress in the comedy musical, The Blues Brothers. Franklin's first Arista album, Aretha, featured the No. 3 R&B hit, "United Together" and her Grammy-nominated cover of Otis Redding's "I Can't Turn You Loose". The follow-up, 1981's Love All the Hurt Away, included her famed duet of the title track with George Benson while the album also included her Grammy-winning cover of Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'". Franklin returned to the Gold standard– for the first time in seven years– with the album, Jump to It. Its title track was her first top 40 single on the pop charts in six years.

In 1985, inspired by her desire to have a "younger sound" in her music, her fifth Arista album, Who's Zoomin' Who?, became her first album to be certified platinum, after selling well over a million copies, thanks to the hits, "Freeway of Love", the title track and "Another Night".[33] The following year's Aretha album nearly matched this success with the hit singles "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Jimmy Lee" and "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me", her international number-one duet with George Michael. During that period, Franklin provided vocals to the theme songs of the TV shows A Different World and Together. In 1987, she issued her third gospel album, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, which was recorded at her late father's New Bethel church, followed by Through the Storm in 1989. Franklin's 1991 album, What You See is What You Sweat, flopped on the charts. Franklin returned to the charts in 1993 with the dance song "A Deeper Love" and returned to the top 40 with the song "Willing to Forgive" in 1994.

In 1998, Franklin returned to the top 40 with the Lauryn Hill-produced song, "A Rose Is Still a Rose", later issuing the album of the same name, which went gold. That same year, Franklin earned international acclaim for her performance of "Nessun Dorma" at the Grammy Awards. Her final Arista album, So Damn Happy, was released in 2003 and featured the Grammy-winning song, "Wonderful". In 2004, Franklin announced that she was leaving Arista after over 20 years with the label. To complete her Arista obligations, Franklin issued the duets compilation album, Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen, in 2007. The following year, she issued the holiday album, This Christmas, Aretha, on DMI Records.

Franklin performed The Star Spangled Banner with Aaron Nevilleand Dr. John for Super Bowl XL, held in her hometown of Detroit in February 2006. She later made international headlines for performing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's inaugural ceremony with her church hat becoming a popular topic online. In 2010, Franklin accepted an honorary degree from Yale University. In 2011, under her own label, Aretha's Records, she issued the album, Aretha: A Woman Falling Out Of Love. As of 2014, Franklin is now signed under RCA Records, controller of the Arista catalog and a sister label to Columbia via Sony Music Entertainment, and is currently working again with Clive Davis. A new album is in the works with producers Babyface and Danger Mouse planning to work with Franklin.

On September 29, 2014, Franklin performed to a standing ovation, with Cissy Houston as backup, a compilation of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" on the Late Show with David Letterman. Franklin's cover of "Rolling in the Deep" would be featured among nine other songs in her first RCA release, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, released on October 21, 2014.

In October 2014, Franklin became the first woman to have 100 songs on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with the success of her cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep", which debuted at number 47 on the chart.

In December 2015, Franklin gave an acclaimed performance of "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman" at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors during the section for honoree Carole King, who co-wrote the song. During the bridge of the song, Ms. Franklin dropped her fur coat to the stage, for which the audience rewarded her with a mid-performance standing ovation.[43] She returned to Detroit's Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day 2016 to once again perform the national anthem before the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. Seated behind the piano in a black fur coat and Lions stocking cap, this rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" lasted over four minutes and featured a host of improvisations by Franklin.

Franklin released the album A Brand New Me in November 2017 with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which uses archived recordings from her past. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top Classical Albums chart.

Music style and image

According to Richie Unterberger, Franklin is "one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged." She has often been described as a great singer and musician due to "vocal flexibility, interpretive intelligence, skillful piano-playing, her ear, her experience." Franklin's voice has been described as being a "powerful mezzo-soprano voice" and has been praised for her arrangements and interpretations of other artists' hit songs. Of describing Franklin's voice as a youngster on her first album, Songs of Faith, released when she was just fourteen, Jerry Wexler explained that Franklin's voice "was not that of a child but rather of an ecstatic hierophant." Franklin's image went through rapid changes throughout her career. During the 1960s, Franklin was known for wearing bouffant hairdos and extravagant dresses that were sometimes embellished with either mink fur or feathers. In the 1970s, embracing her roots, Franklin briefly wore an Afro and the Afrocentric styled clothing admired by her peers. In the mid-1970s, after dropping weight, Franklin began wearing more fitted attire. By the 1980s, she had settled on wearing evening gowns and extravagant dresses.

Personal life

After being raised in Detroit, Franklin relocated to New York City in the 1960s, where she lived until moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. She eventually settled in Encino, Los Angeles where she lived until 1982. She then returned to the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to be close to her ailing father and siblings. Franklin maintained a residence there to this day. Following an incident in 1984, she had cited a fear of flying that prevented her from traveling overseas; she performed only in North America afterwards.

Franklin was the mother of four sons. She first became pregnant at the age of 12 and gave birth to her first child, named Clarence after her father, on January 28, 1955. The father of the child was Donald Burk, a boy she knew from school. On January 22, 1957, then aged 14, Franklin had a second child, named Edward after his father Edward Jordan. Both of her children took her family name. While Franklin was pursuing her career and "hanging out with [friends]", Franklin's grandmother Rachel and sister Erma took turns raising the children. Franklin's third child, Ted White Jr., was born in February 1964 and is known professionally as Teddy Richards. He has provided guitar backing for his mother's band during live concerts. Her youngest son, Kecalf Cunningham (born March 28, 1970), is the child of her road manager Ken Cunningham.

Franklin was married twice. She first married Theodore "Ted" White in 1961 at age 19, despite objections from her father.

After a contentious marriage that involved domestic violence, Franklin separated from White in 1968; later divorcing in 1969. Franklin then married her second husband, actor Glynn Turman, on April 11, 1978 at her father's church. By marrying Turman, Franklin became stepmother of Turman's three children from a previous marriage. Franklin and Turman separated in 1982 after Franklin returned to Michigan from California, and they divorced in 1984. At one point, Franklin had plans to walk down the aisle with longtime companion Willie Wilkerson. Franklin and Wilkerson had had two previous engagements stretching back to 1988. Franklin eventually called the 2012 engagement off.

Franklin's sisters Erma and Carolyn were professional musicians as well and spent years performing background vocals on Franklin's recordings. Following Franklin's divorce from Ted White, her brother Cecil became her manager, and maintained that position until his death from lung cancer on December 26, 1989. Sister Carolyn died the previous year in April 1988 from breast cancer, while eldest sister Erma died from throat cancer in September 2002. Franklin's half-brother Vaughn died two months after Erma in late 2002.

Her half-sister, Carl Kelley (née Jennings; born 1940) is C. L. Franklin's daughter by Mildred Jennings, a then 12-year-old congregant of New Salem Baptist Church in Memphis, where C. L. was pastor.

Franklin was performing at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, on June 10, 1979, when her father, C. L., was shot twice at point blank range in his Detroit home. After six months at Henry Ford Hospital, still in a state of coma, C.L. was moved back to his home with 24-hour nursing care. Aretha moved back to Detroit in late 1982 to assist with the care of her father, who died at Detroit's New Light Nursing Home on July 27, 1984.

Some of her music business friends have included Dionne Warwick, Mavis Staples, and Cissy Houston, who began singing with Franklin as members of the Sweet Inspirations. Cissy sang background on Franklin's hit "Ain't No Way". Franklin first met Cissy's daughter, Whitney, in the early 1970s. She was made Whitney's honorary aunt, not a godmother as has been occasionally misreported, and Whitney often referred to her as "Auntie Ree".

Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012. Franklin said she was surprised by her death. She had initially planned to perform at Houston's memorial service on February 18, but her representative claimed that Franklin suffered a leg spasm and was unable to attend. In response to criticism of her non-attendance, she stated, "God knows I wanted to be there, but I couldn't."

Franklin is a registered Democrat. In 2014, she was granted the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Harvard University for her contributions to music.

Health problems

Franklin dealt with weight issues for years. In 1974, she dropped 40 pounds (18 kg) during a crash diet and maintained her new weight until the end of the decade. Franklin again lost the weight in the early 1990s before gaining some back. A former chain smoker who struggled with alcoholism, she quit smoking in 1992. Franklin admitted in 1994 that her smoking was "messing with my voice", but after quitting smoking she said later, in 2003, that her weight "ballooned".

In 2010, Franklin canceled a number of concerts after she decided to have surgery for an undisclosed tumor. Discussing the surgery in 2011, she quoted her doctor as saying it would "add 15 to 20 years" to her life. She denied that the ailment had anything to do with pancreatic cancer, as it was rumored. On May 19, 2011, Franklin had her comeback show in the Chicago theatre. In May 2013, Franklin canceled two performances to deal with an undisclosed medical treatment. Later in the same month, Franklin canceled three more concerts in June and planned to return to perform in July. A show scheduled for July 27 in Clarkston, Michigan was canceled due to continued medical treatment.

In addition, she canceled an appearance at an MLB luncheon in Chicago honoring her commitment to civil rights on August 24. She also canceled a performance of September 21 in Atlanta due to her health recovery.

During a phone interview with The Associated Press in late August 2013, Franklin stated that she had a "miraculous" recovery from her undisclosed illness but had to cancel shows and appearances until she was at 100% health, estimating she was about "85% healed".

Franklin later returned to live performing, including a 2013 Christmas concert at Detroit's Motor City Casino. She launched a multi-city tour beginning in mid-2014, starting with a performance of June 14 in New York at the Radio City Music Hall.

In 2017, Franklin canceled a series of concerts due to health reasons. During an outdoors Detroit show, Franklin told the audience to "keep me in your prayers". In July 2017, Franklin reemerged, appearing to lose more weight before a performance at the Wolf Trap in Virginia. In 2018, Franklin also canceled a series of shows citing doctor's orders; Franklin's most recent performance was at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City during Elton John's 25th anniversary gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation on November 7, 2017.

Final illness and death

On August 13, 2018, Franklin was reported to be gravely ill at her home near Detroit. She was reported to be under hospice care and surrounded by friends and family. Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson, among others, had visited her. Franklin died at home in Detroit on August 16, aged 76. The cause was reported to be advanced pancreatic cancer.


Franklin wipes a tear after being given the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005, at the White House. She is seated between fellow recipients Robert Conquest (left) and Alan Greenspan.

Franklin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979, had her voice declared a Michigan "natural resource" in 1985, and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded her a Grammy Legend Award in 1991, then the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. Franklin was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1994, recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 1999, and was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. She was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2005.

Franklin become the second woman inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. She was the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year, performing at the Grammys days later. Following news of Franklin's surgery and recovery in February 2011, the Grammys ceremony paid tribute to the singer with a medley of her classics performed by Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, and Yolanda Adams.

That same year she was ranked among the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time top artists, and ranked first on the Rolling Stone list of Greatest Singers of All Time.

Later in 2013, she was again ranked first in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers" list.

Inducted to the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012, Franklin has been described as "the voice of the civil rights movement, the voice of black America" and a "symbol of black equality".

Asteroid 249516 Aretha was named in her honor in 2014.

"American history wells up when Aretha sings", president Obama explained his emotional response to her performance of "A 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".

On June 8, 2017, the City of Detroit honored Franklin's legacy by renaming a portion of Madison Street, between Brush and Witherell Streets, "Aretha Franklin Way".

On January 29, 2018, the Oakland Press's correspondent Gary Graff confirmed that the American Idolrunner-up Jennifer Hudson will take the role to play Franklin in her coming biopic. The news was announced by the the film's executive producer Clive Davis, who made public their decision on the choice of actors casting in the film two days before Graff's article was published.

An all-star tribute concert to Franklin, celebrating her music, is scheduled for November 14, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Honorary degrees

Franklin received an honorary degree 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 awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Wayne State University in 1990 and an honorary Doctor of Law by Bethune-Cookman College in 1975.

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Aretha Franklin


Main article: Aretha Franklin discography

List of number-one R&B singles

  1. "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (1967)
  2. "Respect" (1967)
  3. "Baby I Love You" (1967)
  4. "Chain of Fools" (1967)
  5. "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (1968)
  6. "Think" (1968)
  7. "Share Your Love with Me" (1969)
  8. "Call Me" (1970)
  9. "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" (1970)
  10. "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1971)
  11. "Spanish Harlem" (1971)
  12. "Day Dreaming" (1972)
  13. "Angel" (1973)
  14. "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" (1973)
  15. "I'm in Love" (1974)
  16. "Something He Can Feel" (1976)
  17. "Break It to Me Gently" (1977)
  18. "Jump to It" (1982)
  19. "Get It Right" (1983)
  20. "Freeway of Love" (1985)


  • Black Rodeo (1972) (documentary)
  • The Blues Brothers (1980)
  • Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990) (documentary)
  • Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
  • Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (2003) (documentary)
  • The Zen of Bennett (2012) (documentary)
  • Muscle Shoals (2013) (documentary)

Associated acts

  • Sweet Inspirations
  • Erma Franklin
  • Carolyn Franklin
  • Cissy Houston
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Smokey Robinson
  • King Curtis
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Eurythmics
  • The Caravans
  • James Brown
  • George Benson
  • The Soul Stirrers
  • Luther Vandross
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Whitney Houston
  • George Michael
  • Michael McDonald
  • Lauryn Hill

Source: wikipedia.org

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        27Oscar BonavenaOscar BonavenaFamiliar25.09.194222.05.1976
        28Eddie FisherEddie FisherFamiliar10.08.192822.09.2010
        29Czesław  NiemenCzesław NiemenFamiliar16.02.193917.01.2004
        30Nancy ReaganNancy ReaganFamiliar06.07.192106.03.2016
        31George HarrisonGeorge HarrisonFamiliar25.02.194329.11.2001
        32Ravi ShankarRavi ShankarFamiliar07.04.192011.12.2012
        33Freddie MercuryFreddie MercuryFamiliar05.09.194624.11.1991
        34Arik EinsteinArik EinsteinFamiliar03.01.193926.11.2013
        35Steve  JobsSteve JobsFamiliar24.02.195505.10.2011
        36Jackie CollinsJackie CollinsFamiliar04.10.193719.09.2015
        37Bobby ParkerBobby ParkerFamiliar00.08.193702.11.2013
        38Scott  McKenzieScott McKenzieFamiliar10.01.193918.08.2012
        39Sid ViciousSid ViciousFamiliar10.05.195702.02.1979
        40Lesley GoreLesley GoreFamiliar02.05.194616.02.2015
        41Muhameds AliMuhameds AliFamiliar17.01.194203.06.2016
        42Mitch MitchellMitch MitchellFamiliar09.07.194712.11.2008
        43John EntwistleJohn EntwistleFamiliar09.10.194427.06.2002
        44Timothy  LearyTimothy LearyFamiliar22.10.192031.05.1996
        45Miles DavisMiles DavisFamiliar26.05.192628.09.1991
        46George YoungGeorge YoungFamiliar06.11.194622.10.2017
        47Andy  WhiteAndy WhiteFamiliar27.07.193009.11.2015
        48Robert Leroy JohnsonRobert Leroy JohnsonFamiliar08.05.191116.08.1938
        49Elvis PresleyElvis PresleyFamiliar08.01.193516.08.1977
        50Jimmy  GreenspoonJimmy GreenspoonFamiliar07.02.194811.03.2015
        51Stuart SutcliffeStuart SutcliffeFamiliar23.06.194010.04.1962
        52Allan  WilliamsAllan WilliamsFamiliar17.03.193030.12.2016
        53Benny HillBenny HillFamiliar21.01.192420.04.1992
        54Sam CookeSam CookeFamiliar22.01.193111.12.1964
        55James LastJames LastFamiliar17.04.192909.06.2015
        56Alvin  StardustAlvin StardustFamiliar27.09.194223.10.2014
        57Linda McCartneyLinda McCartneyFamiliar24.09.194117.04.1998
        58Bert KaempfertBert KaempfertFamiliar16.10.192321.06.1980
        59Keith  EmersonKeith EmersonFamiliar02.11.194411.03.2016
        60Sid BernsteinSid BernsteinFamiliar12.08.191821.08.2013
        61Marlene DietrichMarlene DietrichFamiliar27.12.190106.05.1992
        62Lawrence WelkLawrence WelkFamiliar11.03.190317.05.1992
        63Tony SheridanTony SheridanFamiliar21.05.194016.02.2013
        64Jeff BuckleyJeff BuckleyFamiliar17.11.196629.05.1997
        65Buddy HollyBuddy HollyFamiliar07.09.193603.02.1959
        66Tim BuckleyTim BuckleyFamiliar14.02.194729.06.1975
        67Marc BolanMarc BolanFamiliar30.09.194716.09.1977
        68Bobby  VeeBobby VeeFamiliar30.04.194324.10.2016
        69Sir George MartinSir George MartinFamiliar03.01.192608.03.2016
        70Alvin LeeAlvin LeeFamiliar19.12.194406.03.2013
        71Jimi HendrixJimi HendrixFamiliar27.11.194218.09.1970
        72Lance PercivalLance PercivalFamiliar26.07.193306.01.2015
        73George BurnsGeorge BurnsFamiliar20.01.189609.03.1996
        74Philip RamonePhilip RamoneFamiliar05.01.194130.03.2013
        75Robin GibbRobin GibbFamiliar22.12.194920.05.2012
        76Duck DunnDuck DunnFamiliar24.11.194113.05.2012
        77Harry NilssonHarry NilssonFamiliar15.06.194115.01.1994
        78Dick EmeryDick EmeryFamiliar19.02.191502.01.1983
        79Keith MoonKeith MoonFamiliar23.08.194607.09.1978
        80Michel DelpechMichel DelpechFamiliar26.01.194602.01.2016
        81Gypie MayoGypie MayoFamiliar24.07.195123.10.2013
        82Carl  WilsonCarl WilsonFamiliar21.12.194606.02.1998
        83Lorne GreeneLorne GreeneFamiliar12.02.191511.09.1987
        84James Brown JrJames Brown JrFamiliar03.05.193325.12.2006
        85Bill HaleyBill HaleyFamiliar06.07.192509.02.1981
        86Diana, Princess of WalesDiana, Princess of WalesFamiliar01.07.196131.08.1997
        87Lenny BruceLenny BruceFamiliar13.10.192503.08.1966
        88Syreeta WrightSyreeta WrightFamiliar28.02.194606.07.2004
        89Johan CruyffJohan CruyffFamiliar25.04.194724.03.2016
        90Milton FriedmanMilton FriedmanFamiliar31.07.191216.12.2006
        91John WettonJohn WettonFamiliar12.06.194931.01.2017
        92Ginger RogersGinger RogersFamiliar16.07.191125.04.1995
        93John LennonJohn LennonFamiliar09.10.194008.12.1980
        94Fats DominoFats DominoFamiliar26.02.192824.10.2017
        95Maurice GibbMaurice GibbFamiliar22.12.194912.01.2003
        96Glen CampbellGlen CampbellFamiliar22.04.193608.08.2017
        97Adam  WestAdam WestFamiliar19.09.192809.06.2017
        98Peter  CookPeter CookFamiliar17.11.193709.01.1995
        99Dean ReedDean ReedFamiliar22.09.193813.06.1986
        100Bob BirchBob BirchFamiliar14.07.195615.08.2012
        101Maureen TigrettMaureen TigrettFamiliar04.08.194630.12.1994
        102Gene VincentGene VincentFamiliar11.02.193512.10.1971
        103Tom PettyTom PettyFamiliar20.10.195002.10.2017
        104Sarah VaughanSarah VaughanFamiliar27.03.192403.04.1990
        105Tony  AshtonTony AshtonFamiliar01.03.194626.05.2001
        106Paul  HornPaul HornFamiliar17.03.193029.06.2014
        107Tyrone  PowerTyrone PowerFamiliar05.05.191415.11.1958
        108George CarlinGeorge CarlinFamiliar12.05.193722.06.2008
        109Bob BeldenBob BeldenFamiliar31.10.195620.05.2015
        110David FrostDavid FrostFamiliar07.04.193931.08.2013
        111Kurt CobainKurt CobainFamiliar20.02.196705.04.1994
        112Maurice WhiteMaurice WhiteFamiliar19.12.194104.02.2016
        113Stan LaurelStan LaurelFamiliar16.06.189023.02.1965
        114Wilson  PickettWilson PickettFamiliar18.03.194119.01.2006
        115Chris SquireChris SquireFamiliar04.03.194828.06.2015
        118Bogdan ŁyszkiewiczBogdan ŁyszkiewiczFamiliar03.09.196423.06.2000
        119Terence BaylerTerence BaylerFamiliar24.01.193021.09.2016
        120Davy JonesDavy JonesFamiliar30.12.194529.02.2012
        121Jimmy BoydJimmy BoydFamiliar09.01.193907.03.2009
        122Robert  BalserRobert BalserFamiliar00.00.192804.01.2016
        123Scott WeilandScott WeilandFamiliar27.10.196703.12.2015
        124Diana VreelandDiana VreelandFamiliar29.09.190322.08.1989
        125Fred AstaireFred AstaireFamiliar10.05.189922.06.1987
        126Clint WarwickClint WarwickFamiliar25.06.194015.05.2004
        127Dean  MartinDean MartinFamiliar07.06.191725.12.1995
        128Andy FraserAndy FraserFamiliar07.08.195216.03.2015
        129Joe  CockerJoe CockerFamiliar20.05.194422.12.2014
        130Doris TroyDoris TroyFamiliar06.01.193716.02.2004
        131John HurtJohn HurtFamiliar22.01.194027.01.2017
        132Peter  BoylePeter BoyleFamiliar18.10.193512.12.2006
        133Phil EverlyPhil EverlyFamiliar19.01.193903.01.2014
        134Jeremy LloydJeremy LloydFamiliar22.07.193023.12.2014
        135Elliott SmithElliott SmithFamiliar06.08.196921.10.2003
        136Robert Ferdinand  Wagner IIRobert Ferdinand Wagner IIFamiliar20.04.191012.02.1991
        137Nina SimoneNina SimoneFamiliar21.02.193321.04.2003
        138Bobby Blue BlandBobby Blue BlandFamiliar27.01.193023.06.2013
        139Diana DorsDiana DorsFamiliar23.10.193104.05.1984
        140Slim WhitmanSlim WhitmanFamiliar20.01.192419.06.2013
        141Andy  WilliamsAndy WilliamsFamiliar03.12.192725.09.2012
        142Billy PaulBilly PaulFamiliar01.12.193424.04.2016
        143Lewis CollinsLewis CollinsFamiliar27.05.194627.11.2013
        144Walter Leland CronkiteWalter Leland CronkiteFamiliar04.11.191617.07.2009
        145Gary MooreGary MooreFamiliar04.04.195206.02.2011
        146Richard AvedonRichard AvedonFamiliar15.05.192301.10.2004
        147Long John BaldryLong John BaldryFamiliar12.01.194121.07.2005
        148Ronnie ScottRonnie ScottFamiliar28.01.192723.12.1996
        149Gábor  SzabóGábor SzabóFamiliar08.03.193628.02.1982
        150Terry WoganTerry WoganFamiliar03.08.193831.01.2016
        151Stanley KubrickStanley KubrickFamiliar26.07.192807.03.1999
        152Suzy ParkerSuzy ParkerFamiliar28.10.193203.05.2003
        153Simone  BattleSimone BattleFamiliar17.06.198905.09.2014
        154Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray VaughanFamiliar03.10.195427.08.1990
        155Rick  RosasRick RosasFamiliar10.09.194906.11.2014
        156Morgana KingMorgana KingFamiliar04.06.193022.03.2018
        157Stig  AndersonStig AndersonFamiliar25.01.193112.09.1997
        158B.B. KingB.B. KingFamiliar16.09.192514.05.2015
        159Stéphane GrappelliStéphane GrappelliFamiliar26.01.190801.12.1997
        160Earl PalmerEarl PalmerFamiliar25.10.192419.09.2008
        161Peter CopleyPeter CopleyFamiliar20.05.191507.10.2008
        162Dorothy MaloneDorothy MaloneFamiliar30.01.192519.01.2018
        163Tony BarrowTony BarrowFamiliar11.05.193614.05.2016
        164Ronald  ReaganRonald ReaganFamiliar06.02.191105.06.2004
        165Al JarreauAl JarreauFamiliar12.03.194012.02.2017
        166Richard  NixonRichard NixonFamiliar09.01.191322.04.1994
        167Buddy RichBuddy RichFamiliar30.09.191702.04.1987
        168Joe JacksonJoe JacksonFamiliar26.07.192827.06.2018
        169Louis ArmstrongLouis ArmstrongFamiliar04.08.190106.07.1971
        170Jessye NormanJessye NormanFamiliar15.09.194530.09.2019
        171Milt OkunMilt OkunFamiliar23.12.192315.11.2016
        172John PeelJohn PeelFamiliar30.08.193925.10.2004
        173David CassidyDavid CassidyFamiliar12.04.195019.11.2017
        174Charles Robert  WattsCharles Robert WattsFamiliar02.06.194124.08.2021
        175Jim MorrisonJim MorrisonFamiliar08.12.194303.07.1971
        176Buddy GrecoBuddy GrecoFamiliar14.08.192610.01.2017
        177Óscar  de la RentaÓscar de la RentaFamiliar22.07.193220.07.2014

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