Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul became the first woman and African American woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She was inducted by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones into the Hall of Fame list of performers.

In addition to being an artist, she was a songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist.  She began singing in the church in Detroit where her father was a minister.

At 18-years-old, she became a recording artist for Columbia Records.

By the 1960s, Franklin was dubbed “The Queen of Soul.”

She was also honored with the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.” – Aretha Franklin


Information obtained from Rockhall