Happy Birthday, Aretha Franklin

Today Aretha Louise Franklin celebrates 69 years on this earth, 50 of which she has spent as one of America's greatest talents. The shy preacher's daughter got her start singing at the Detroit church of her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin. She broke ties with her gospel roots and recorded her first jazz-influenced album in 1961. Since then, she has recorded some of the best music of our time, rightly earning her the moniker Queen of Soul...
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