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Dr. Daphne Brooks Essay, Anatomy of Soul: Aretha Franklin’s Revolutionary Body of Work, Explores The History of the First Female Inductee to the Hall of Fame

“The first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the artist ranked as the #1 “Greatest Singer of the Rock Era” by Rolling Stone magazine, and one of the most-awarded female singers in GRAMMY history, Aretha Franklin earned her legendary status in American culture as a result of her virtuosic vocals that radicalized the aesthetics of pop musicianship.” – Dr .Daphne Brooks

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A Section of Lodge Freeway Memorializes Aretha Franklin


“Aretha Franklin’s legacy is being memorialized with a portion of the Lodge Freeway dedicated to the late singer. The stretch of M-10 from Livernois to Interstate 94 was revealed as the Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway on Monday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and other state and city leaders.” – The Detroit News

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Aretha Franklin Among Women of the Century for Entertainment


“The “Queen of Soul” was a largely self-taught and gifted pianist and singer, recording many of her earliest tracks at her father’s Detroit church at age 14. Aretha Franklin eventually moved to New York, where she produced many hits, including “Respect” and “Freeway of Love.” She won 18 Grammys and was awarded the National Medal of the Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was also the first female performer inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.” – USA Today

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Aretha Franklin’s ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’ Turns 35

For Who’s Zoomin’ Who?‘s 35th anniversary, find out how GRAMMY-winning producer Narada Michael Walden teamed up with the Queen of Soul to create a sound that would come to define R&B in the mid-’80s.


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“You will remember my name…” Aretha’s classic ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’ hit record stores on this day in 1985! What’s your favorite track?

Posted by Aretha Franklin on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Never-Before-Heard Solo Version Of ‘Never Gonna Break My Faith’ By Aretha Franklin Available Today

Aretha Franklin - Never Gonna Break My Faith

RCA Records, RCA Inspiration, And Legacy Recordings Collaborate To Release Never-Before-Heard Solo Version Of “Never Gonna Break My Faith” By The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin



Today, RCA Records, RCA Inspiration and Legacy Recordings collaborate to release a never-before-heard solo version of “Never Gonna Break My Faith” by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, featuring The Boys Choir of Harlem. Co-written by award-winning singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, the Grammy Award winning song was originally released as a duet with Mary J. Blige for the 2006 film Bobby. Over a decade later, the song’s lyrics are as urgent and poignant as ever. Click here to listen. See lyrics below.

Clive Davis, Sony Music’s Chief Creative Officer and longtime friend/producer of Ms. Franklin states, “The world is very different now. Change is everywhere and each of us, hopefully, is doing the best he or she can to move forward and make change as positive as possible. Music can play a major role here and Aretha’s performance is chilling. When you read the song’s lyric, and its relevance to what is happening today, it will shake every fiber in your body. Everyone should hear this record. It deserves to be an anthem.”

“When I wrote this song, I was channeling Aretha, never thinking that she’d ever actually sing the song,” says Adams. “The thought was to write a hymn, something that would try and articulate the feeling of faith, and that even though you might have lost something, there would always be an inner light to guide you. When the song was demo’d, I told the producers that Aretha would be the one to sing this – and sing it she did. This solo version has been sitting on my computer for years, and when I heard Clive was making a film on Aretha’s life, I sent this version to him. The world hasn’t heard her full performance and it really needed to be heard. I’m so glad it’s being released, the world needs this right now.”

Buy/stream “Never Gonna Break My Faith”


My Lord, I have read this book so many times,
But nowhere can there I find – the page – that says
What I experienced today has any grace
Now I know that life was meant to be hard
And that’s how I’ve learned to appreciate my God
Though my courage may be tried, I can tell you I won’t hide
Because the footprints show you are by my side

You can lie to a child with a smiling face
Tell me that color ain’t about a race
You can cast the first stone, you can break my bones
But you’re never gonna break
You’re never gonna break my…
Faith and hope ain’t yours to give
Truth and liberty are mine to live
Steal a crown from a king, break an angel’s wings
But you’re never gonna break, never gonna break my faith

My Lord, won’t you help them to understand
That when someone takes the life of an innocent man
Well they’ve never really won, and all they’ve really done
Is set the soul free – where it’s supposed to be

You can lie to a child with a smiling face
Tell me that color ain’t about a race
You can cast the first stone, you can break my bones
But you’re never gonna break
You’re never gonna break my…
Faith and hope ain’t yours to give
Truth and liberty are mine to live
Steal a crown from a king, break an angel’s wings
But you’re never gonna break, never gonna break my faith

For those we lose before their time
I pray that their souls will find the light
And I know that the day will surely come when His will will be done
You’re never gonna break my faith

About Aretha Franklin

She is both a 20th and 21st century musical and cultural icon known the world over simply by her first name: Aretha. The undisputed “Queen Of Soul” has created an amazing legacy that spans an incredible six decades, from her first recording as a teenage gospel star, to her last studio album, ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS (RCA Records).

Her many countless classics include “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain Of Fools,” “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)”; her own compositions “Think,” “Daydreaming” and “Call Me”; her definitive versions of “Respect,” “I Say A Little Prayer” and “Rolling In The Deep”; and global hits like “Freeway Of Love,” “Jump To It,” “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”- her worldwide chart-topping duet with George Michael, and “A Rose Is Still A Rose.”

The recipient of the U.S.A.’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal Of Freedom, eighteen GRAMMY Awards, a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement and GRAMMY Living Legend awardee, Aretha Franklin’s powerful, distinctive gospel-honed vocal style has influenced countless singers across multi-generations, justifiably earning her Rolling Stone magazine’s No. 1 placing on the list of “The Greatest Singers Of All Time.” One of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide, Ms. Franklin’s incomparable voice and remarkable career have left an indelible mark on the lives of many and will never be forgotten.

Aretha Franklin Is Still Our Queen Of Soul

“It’s impossible to quantify the impact Aretha Franklin has had on American popular music and culture. She appeared on Billboard’s pop charts more than 70 times and was awarded 18 Grammys. Then there’s the manner in which she transformed songs like “Respect” (originally Otis Redding’s), “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (by Simon & Garfunkel) and “You’ve Got a Friend” (by Carole King).” – Essence

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Presents From The Vault: Aretha Franklin Spotlight

During African-American Music Appreciation Month, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors gifted African-American artists and their music. They have dedicated this first week to the Queen of Soul, ’87 Inductee Aretha Franklin. As the first female inducted into the Hall of Fame, Franklin made unprecedented contributions to both music and culture from the anthem “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” to performing at three Presidential Inaugurations, she inspired a nation.

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