From Harlem to the Moon: What Aretha Franklin meant to America
Accomplishments? Yes, Aretha Franklin had them.
- 44 Grammy nominations
- 18 Grammy awards
- 112 charted Billboard singles
- 77 Hot 100 entries
- 17 top-ten pop singles
- 100 R&B entries
- 20 #1 R&B singles
- 75 million records sold worldwide
- 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — the first woman to do so
- 2005 induction to the UK Music Hall of Fame — only the second woman up to that point
- 2012 induction into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame
- Cover of Time magazine, June, 1968
- Received Hollywood Walk Of Fame star in 1979 10 honorary degrees
These are just some of the accomplishments of the singer, who died August 16 at age 76 of pancreatic cancer.
US President Barack Obama fist bumps with singer Aretha Franklin who sung during a farewell ceremony for Attorney General Eric Holder at the Justice Department February 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Her parents split when she was seven years old, her mother dying of a heart attack when she was 10. It was soon after that Franklin began to play piano by ear, almost as if she turned that grief into something that transcended.
Beginning with gospel songs, she started to make a name for herself. This brought her to California with her father, and a fateful meeting with Sam Cooke.
When she turned 18, she told her father that she wanted to follow in Cooke’s footsteps, and moved to New York to begin charting her success in the music industry.
The words 'Aretha Makes Me Feel Like A Natural Woman' are seen at the stairwell leading to the Franklin Street subway station in New York on August 16, 2018. - 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin passed away August 16, 2018 in Detroit at the age of 76. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP/ Getty Images)
Memorable and meaningful moments in her life were plenty. She toured with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and sang at his funeral; offered to post bail for African American political activist Angela Davis when she was arrested, citing, “I know you got to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace,”; she sang 'My Country, ’Tis of Thee' at Barack Obama’s first inauguration
There’s so much more about her, and her life, that has been recounted and told in the form of stories, that there’s no way to do it all justice.
So here are some of the quotes on Twitter from various people and organizations in recognition of who she was:
— NASA Moon (@NASAMoon) August 16, 2018
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