Aretha Franklin

by Michael RichComment — Updated August 3, 2023

Aretha Franklin 1960s music

“Queen of Soul”

Aretha Franklin had a grandly celebrated career. She placed more than 100 singles in the Billboard charts, including 17 Top 10 pop singles and 20 No. 1 R&B hits. She received 18 competitive Grammy Awards, along with a lifetime achievement award in 1994. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987, its second year. She sang at the Inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009, at the pre-inauguration concerts for Jimmy Carter in 1977 and Bill Clinton in 1993, and at both the Democratic National Convention and a memorial service for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

Aretha Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. After a misstep with Columbia Records she found fame, rather it found her, with a string of hits for Atlantic Records,starting in 1967. Hits included “Respect”, “Chain of Fools”,”(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”, and “I Say a Little Prayer”. These were followed in ’68 by “Think” and “Lady Soul”. She continued with “Spirit in the Dark” (1970), “Young, Gifted and Black” (1972), “Amazing Grace” (1972), and “Sparkle” (1976).
1960s Music - Aretha Franklin RESPECT

Aretha Franklin recorded 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 history. Franklin’s other well-known hits include “Rock Steady”, “Call Me”, “Ain’t No Way”, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”, “Spanish Harlem”, “Day Dreaming”, “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”, “Something He Can Feel”, “Jump to It”, “Freeway of Love”, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who”, and “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (a duet with George Michael). She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from 1968 through to 1975, and she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.
Sadly, Aretha Franklin passed away in 2018 of pancreatic cancer, she was 76.
Aretha Franklin is a 1960s music icon

Below is a Partial List of Hits and their chart position:

Today I Sing the Blues #10 (R&B)
Operation Heartbreak #5 (R&B)
Won’t Be Long #7 (R&B)
Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody (uncharted)
Don’t Cry Baby (uncharted)
Try a Little Tenderness (uncharted)
Say It Isn’t So (uncharted)
Runnin’ Out of Fools #57 (top 100)
One Step Ahead #18 (R&B)
I’m Losing You #35 (top 100)
You Made Me Love You #32 (top 100)
Cry Like a Baby #27 (R&B)
Do Right Woman – Do Right Man #37 (R&B)
I Never Loved a Man #9 (top 100) #1 (R&B)
RESPECT #1 (top 100) #1 (R&B)
Baby I Love You #4 (top 100) #1 (R&B)
Take a Look #56 (top 100) #28 (R&B)
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman #8 (top 100) #2 (R&B)
Chain of Fools #2 (top 100) #1 (R&B)
Chain of Fools #5 (top 100) #1 (R&B)
Ain’t No Way 16 (top 100) #9 (R&B)
Think #7 (top 100) #1 (R&B)
I Say a Little Prayer #10 (top 100) #3 (R&B)
The House That Jack Built #6 (top 100) #2 (R&B)
See Saw #14 (top 100) #9 (R&B)
The Weight #19 (top 100) #3 (R&B)
I Can’t See Myself Leaving You #28 (top 100) #3 (R&B)
Share Your Love with Me #13 (top 100) #1 (R&B)
Eleanor Rigby #7 (top 100) #5 (R&B)

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