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Celebrating: Aretha Franklin

on February 7, 2022 - 11:22am

Far before Aretha Franklin first joined the Atlantic Records family in 1967, far before “Respect," her star soared.

Known among industry titans and peers as one of the foremost upcoming Gospel acts, it was her early dedication and care to the craft that destined her for greatness beyond the records, on a truly global level.

At a young age, Aretha advocated for Black liberation through action. Her early days touring alongside Harry Belafonte for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw her using more than just her voice to amplify a message of political and social change.

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Aretha Franklin & the Art of Musical Partnership

on December 4, 2013 - 12:22pm

Aretha Franklin's decision to partner with Atlantic Records in the 60s marked the beginning of her golden era as a recording artist...