Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942)
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Known as the "Queen Of Soul," Franklin is known for her powerful voice. She is also known as a Diva - VH1 devoted a special in her honor with the 2001 show VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin.
In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
She was married to her manager, Ted White, from 1962-1969. Aretha refuses to discuss this.
She has a lifelong fear of flying, and after a shaky flight aboard a twin-engine plane in 1984, she has refused to fly. This has limited her touring considerably, and cost her the lead role in a musical biography of Mahalia Jackson.
Aretha is a talented piano player. She played on her 1967 hit "Respect
She played a waitress in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers.
In 2008, she was voted Greatest Singer Of All Time by the musicians and journalists selected by Rolling Stone magazine to name their favorite singers of the Rock era. Following Aretha were Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke and John Lennon. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for all above)
According to her concert contract, Aretha Franklin likes to receive $25,000 of her performance fee in cash on the night of a concert. The rider for her live shows also states that the Queen of Soul and her security personnel must be accommodated in hotel rooms below the 5th floor.
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