Aretha Franklin
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"Aretha Louise Franklin" is an Americans/American singer and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel music/gospel at her father, minister (Christianity)/minister C. L. Franklin's New Bethel Baptist Church (Detroit, Michigan)/church as a child. In 1960, at age 18, Franklin embarked on a secular music/secular career, recording for Columbia Records only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect (song)#Aretha Franklin version 2/Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think (Aretha Franklin song)/Think". These hits and more helped her to gain the title Honorific nicknames in popular music/The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s in music/1960s decade.

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