Celebrating Black Music Month: Chart Topping Diva’s – Aretha Franklin

Continuing our celebration of Black Music Month, this week’s featured moments are dedicated to the best chart topping, record breaking, and soul stirring R&B/Soul singers from Whitney and Mary to Aretha and Chaka. Plus get the lowdown on the latest news and upcoming projects from each featured Diva. Aretha Franklin – 17 Times ! You can’t talk about soul without the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Since 1956, Aretha Franklin has topped the charts with her blend of gospel, R&B, rock, soul and jazz. Even today, the Queen still holds on to her legendary thrown and her iconic discography including 17 Top 10 Hot 100 Singles ! Franklin, also a twenty time Grammy Award-winning artist has had no trouble putting her foot on the charts and keeping it there. Scoring her first Top 10 hit in 1967 with “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”Franklin began a streak of hits that would last through the 70s including “Baby I Love You,” “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel),” “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone,” “Think,” “The House That Jack Built,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Rock Steady,” “Day Dreaming,” and “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do). And the Queen did not stop there, between 1967 and 1987, Franklin picked up four major hits including the #1 singles “Respect” and “I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)” the latter of which became Franklin’s first #1 hit in the United Kingdom. Continuing her streak of hits and success Aretha Franklin picked up eight consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Vocal Performance “The Aretha Award” between 1968 and 1975. An undeniable talent and influential artist Franklin’s legacy, still in the making may find the queen yet again topping the charts. In 20 years we may be able to say 25 time chart topping Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin. TODAY: Aretha Franklin continues to issue soul-stirring performances today, while also working on her first independent release since leaving her 29 year post at Arista. Tentatively titled A Woman Falling Out Of Love, the record is due to be released on the imprint Aretha Records later this year. Aretha Franklin has made her mark in R&B/Soul, what is your favorite “Aretha Record?”


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