Aretha Franklin 014

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Aretha Franklin 014

Look closer for ten song titles: R E S P E C T; Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do); I Say a Little Prayer; Think; Daydreaming; (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman; The House That Jack Built; Chain of Fools; Spanish Harlem; You’re All I Need to Get By

Aretha Louise Franklin 

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was born at 406 Lucy Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara (née Siggers) and Clarence LaVaughn “C. L.” Franklin. Her father was a Baptist minister and circuit preacher originally from Shelby, Mississippi, while her mother was an accomplished piano player and vocalist. Before her fifth birthday, in 1946, C. L. Franklin permanently relocated the family to Detroit, where he took over the pastorship of the New Bethel Baptist Church. Aretha’s parents had a troubled marriage because of her father’s philandering. In 1948, the couple separated, with Barbara relocating to Buffalo. Aretha recalled seeing her mother in Buffalo during the summer, but Barbara also frequently visited her children in Detroit.  Aretha’s mother died of a heart attack on March 7, 1952, before Aretha’s tenth birthday. . . Several women, including Mahalia Jackson (Columbia recording artist) took turns helping with the children at the Franklin home. During this time, Aretha learned how to play piano by ear. 

Aretha’s father’s emotionally driven sermons resulted in his being known as the man with the “million-dollar voice” and earning thousands of dollars for sermons in various churches across the country. His celebrity status led to his home being visited by various celebrities, among them gospel musicians Clara Ward, James Cleveland and early Caravans members Albertina Walker and Inez Andrews as well as Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. Ward was not only a visitor to the home, but was romantically involved with Aretha’s father, though “she preferred to view them strictly as friends.” Ward also served as a role model to the young Aretha. Franklin attended Northern High School but later dropped out during her sophomore year.

She embarked on a secular career in 1960 at age 18, recording for Columbia Records but achieving only modest success. She achieved commercial success and acclaim after signing to Atlantic Records in 1966.

By the end of the 1960s, she was being called “The Queen of Soul”. 

Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in history.

She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from 1968 through to 1975, and she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide

Franklin received numerous honors: a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012. She is listed in two all-time lists by Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2008 she was ranked by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 greatest singer of all time. 

– credit Wikipedia

The artwork: 

Print number 4 of this illustration was sold at a silent auction, non-profit fund raiser called “Empty Bowl” for the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry.

Digital Print on Archival Matte – Original illustration done in graphite and prisma color: True Green as Aretha was PK (preacher’s kid); Spanish Orange, the song Spanish Harlem; and Dark Brown, the darkness of parents separation, divorce, the reflection of that in her music and lyrics
Artist: Tobin Craig Bortner – drawing done in August of 2018 – ©Tobin Signs/Look Closer Illustrations 

DERIVATIVE Work – photo credit: The Current: Minnesota Public Radio

What you get:
$40 (36.95 + 3.05 tax)

11 x 14 Print Package with Authenticity Sheet
signed and numbered (run of 30)
Domestic Priority Mail $8
(Free shipping)

Aretha Franklin 014

Singer covered any song making it her own.


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