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Did you know that this famous female artist taught herself to play piano? Did you know that she was taught to sing by gospel singers and friends? Find out interesting facts about the life, career and musical achievements of global sensation Aretha Franklin.

Fun Fact 1 Aretha Franklin was born on March 25th, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee in the United States of America. Her middle name is Louise.

Fun Fact 2 Aretha Franklin has five siblings of which she was the fourth. Her brothers and sisters are called Carolyn, Erma, Cecil, Carl Ellan and Vaughn.

Fun Fact 3: Aretha Franklin, along with her siblings, was raised by her father who was known as the 'Million Dollar Voice'. Her father was called Reverend C.L. Franklin and he was the pastor of the New Bethel Church in Detroit.

Fun Fact 4: As a child, her father wanted to teach her to play the piano, however, she declined his offer and instead began learning piano on her own by listening to Eddie Heywood records!

Fun Fact 5: Gospel music played a large part in Aretha Franklin's childhood and it was from gospel singers and family members that she learnt how to sing. Some of her great influences included Clara Ward, Marion Williams, Frances Steadman, Mahalia Jackson and the Ward Sisters.

Fun Fact 6: Aretha Franklin's number one best-selling album was 'Amazing Grace' which was released in 1972. This was her third album and it sold over 2 million copies in America alone. The album was certified as double platinum.

Fun Fact 7: Aretha Franklin's first album released on her own label was called 'A Woman Falling Out of Love'. Her previous albums had been released by major labels including Arista Records, Atlantic Record and Columbia Records.

Fun Fact 8: Aretha Franklin starred in 'The Blues Brothers' which was a comedy movie released in 1980. In the movie, she appeared as a waitress.

Fun Fact 9: Aretha Franklin released a duet with Annie Lennox which achieved top 20 success. The duet is a very famous song called 'Sisters Are Doin' it For Themselves'. The song has appeared in various movies over the years!

Fun Fact 10: Aretha Franklin's best-selling single in the United States of America is a duet which she released alongside George Michael. The song is called 'I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)' and it was released in 1987.

Fun Fact 11: One of the most famous and well-known songs released by this hugely successful singer was 'Respect'. This song is known by people all over the world. It has featured in some hit movies including 'Bridget Jones Diary'.

Fun Fact 12: Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 by Keith Richards. She was the first female artist to be inducted.

Fun Fact 13: Aretha Franklin has achieved global success with many hit songs. Some of her most famous and widely known songs include Chain of Fools, Spanish Harlem, Until You Come Back To Me, Baby I Love You, Day Dreaming, You Make Me Feel Like (A Natural Woman) and Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Fun Fact 14: Aretha Franklin is known as the 'Queen of Soul', she has achieved many awards throughout her music career including 18 Grammy Awards! She is one of the best-selling female artists of all time.

Fun Fact 15: In November 2005,Aretha Franklin's was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House.

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