A Short Biography of Aretha Franklin 

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Aretha Louise Franklin, a.k.a. Aretha Franklin, was an American singer-songwriter & pianist. She was widely known as the "Queen of Soul."

DOB & Age

Born on 25 March, 1942, Aretha Franklin was 76 years old at the time of her death.


Aretha Franklin's parents were Clarence LaVaughn Franklin (father) and Barbara Siggers Franklin.

Height & Weight

Aretha Franklin was 5 feet, 5 inches (165 cm) tall and weighed around 160 pounds (73 kg).


Aretha Franklin attended Northern High School but later dropped out during her sophomore year to pursue a career in music.


Aretha Franklin started her career at a young age as a gospel singer. At 18, she signed her 1st record deal with Columbia Records.

Her 1st studio album "Aretha", was released in 1961 by Columbia Records. Her top selling album is Amazing Grace (1972).

She had a long career of over 60 years in which she released 38 studio albums, 6 live albums, 131 singles, & 62 compilation albums.


Aretha Franklin married twice in her life. She first married Ted White (1961-69) & then Glynn Turman (1978–84).


Aretha Franklin was the mother of 4 sons. Clarence Franklin (1955), Edward Franklin (1957), Ted White Jr. (1964), & Kecalf Cunningham (1970)

Net Worth

Aretha Franklin had a successful music career, & she had a net worth of around $80 million at the time she died.

Major Awards

18 Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts (1999), 10 BET Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009), and 3 American Music Awards


Aretha Franklin was died on August 16, 2018. She died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.

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