Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She started her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her dad, C. L. Franklin, was a minister. In 1960, when she was 18, Aretha Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but achieving only modest success.
After signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, she was able to achieve commercial acclaim and success with hits such as "Chain of Fools", "Respect", "Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem", and "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)".
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