Aretha Franklin will be appearing at the fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
She was born Aretha Louise Franklin on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father was a wandering preacher and her mother was a very gifted piano player and singer. Her parents had a distressed marriage, and in 1948 Aretha's mother left, moving to Buffalo with her son from an earlier relationship.
Even though it's believed that Aretha's mother abandoned her children, she did not. Aretha saw her mother frequently. After her mother's death in 1952, Franklin learned to play the piano by ear.
When Franklin was 14, her father became her manager. In 1956, Franklin's father helped her get her first record deal with J.V.B. Records. In 1980, she signed with Arista Records.The same year she signed with Arista, she was honored to perform at the Royal Albert Hall for Queen Elizabeth. In 2004, after over 20 years with the company Arista, Franklin disclosed she was leaving Arista Records. Her last album with Arista, So Damn Happy, was released in 2003.
In 1987, Franklin became the first female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Two years before that, her voice was defined as a natural resource by the Michigan government. She received her star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979.
Some of Franklin's No. 1 R & B singles include: "Respect" (1967); "Chain of Fools" (1967), "Day Dreaming" (1972) and "Freeway of Love" (1985). Ticket prices vary beginning at $93 up to $325. The fabulous Fox Theater is located at 660 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30305.