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Aretha Franklin

Singer (25-Mar-1942 — 16-Aug-2018)


Mark Bego. Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul. St. Martin's Press. 1989. 340pp. Rereleased in 2001 by Da Capo Press, 420pp.

Matt Dobkin. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece. Macmillan. 2004. 256pp.

Aretha Franklin; with David Ritz. Aretha: From These Roots. Villard. 1999. 254pp.

Craig Werner. Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Soul. Random House. 2005. 337pp.


  1. A-R-E-T-H-A
    by Rob Hoerburger. The New York Times Magazine, 8-Jul-2011.


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  2. Twitter: @ArethaFranklin


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Public Information Research Namebase [link]

  5. Wikipedia [link]

  6. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  7. New York Times Obituary [link]

  8. Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (p.240)

  9. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.233)

  10. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.541)

  11. Current Biography, 1968 Yearbook (pp.132-34)

  12. Celebrity Register 3rd Issue (p.178)

  13. Celebrity Register 4th Issue (p.173)

  14. Encylopedia of Pop, Rock, and Soul (pp.240-41)

  15. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.251)

  16. The International Who's Who 2001 (p.520)

  17. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th Edition (p.316)

  18. International Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.181)

  19. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.2, pp.154-56)

  20. Northeastern Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.211)

  21. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.323)

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