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Franklin brought the righteousness of gospel music to popular songs in the late 60s. Hits like Do Right Woman, Think, Natural Woman and Chain of Fools, defined feminism. Her signature song, Respect, was a demand for equality and freedom.
She placed more than 100 singles in the Billboard charts, including 17 Top 10 pop singles and 20 No. 1 R&B hits in America alone. She received 19 Grammy Awards and was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She sang at the inauguration of US presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and the memorial service for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Franklin inspired countless generations of singers, including Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys, who openly emulated her. Rolling Stone magazine put Franklin at the top of its 2010 list of the ‘100 Greatest Singers of All Time.’
Aretha Franklin truly had a gift that was exceptional and successful.