Aretha Louise Franklin: 1942 – 2018

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin – Queen of Soul (Photo: Ricardo, Cecilio)

Aretha Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and pianist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. At age 18, she embarked on a secular career recording for Columbia Records. However, she achieved only modest success. Franklin found commercial success and acclaim after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as “The Queen of Soul”.

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman is a 1967 single released Aretha Franklin. The song was co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with input from Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler. The record was a big hit for Franklin, reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became a standard song for her. Franklin also included a live recording on the album “Aretha in Paris” in 1968. Versions have also been performed and recorded by Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Carole King herself and many others. At the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, Aretha Franklin performed the song to honor award-recipient Carole King

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – published for Harmonie- oder Fanfareorchester by Music Publishing Tierolff, Netherlands (Arrangement Robert Balfoort)