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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I might be just twenty-six, but I'm an old woman in disguise... twenty-six goin'on sixty-five.

Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that.

I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.

I'm a big woman. I need big hair.

My faith always has been and always will be important to me.

I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is.

The moment I wake up, Before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you.

If a song's about something I've experienced or that could've happened to me it's good. But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it. Because that's what soul is all about.

Don't say Aretha is making a comeback, because I've never been away!