1 Doreion Breashears Period 1 16 December 2019 Queen of Soul: The Life and Legacy of Aretha Franklin To become the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin had to become one of the world’s most phenomenal and renowned performers. Multiple Grammy winner and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin was known for such hits as "Respect," "Freeway of Love" and "I Say a Little Prayer." Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942. She was the fourth of five children to Baptist preacher Reverend Clarence La Vaughan Franklin and gospel singer Barbra Siggers Franklin. Aretha Franklin's musical gifts became apparent at an early age. Largely self-taught, she was regarded as a child prodigy. A gifted pianist with a powerful voice, Franklin got her start singing in front of her father's congregation. By the age of 14, she had recorded some of her earliest tracks at his church, which were released by a small label as the album Songs of Faith in 1956. She also performed with C. L.'s traveling revival show and, while on
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