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Celebrity Homes: Childhood Home from Aretha Franklin The Queen of SoulMonday 13 August 2018
Celebrity Homes: Childhood Home from Aretha Franklin The Queen of Soul – Just a few hours after the worldwide news sadly announce that the Queen of Soul is gravely ill, CovetED Magazine decided to give her one more homage to thank her for the unique musical legacy that she will leave to the world.
Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and songwriter. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think”. By the end of the 1960s decade she had gained the title “The Queen of Soul”.
Aretha Franklin’s childhood home could become a Memphis landmark in addition to the 8 other celebrity childhood homes that should also be given the official status.
Aretha Franklin may have left her humble Memphis, Tennessee, roots when she was barely two years old, but the city is nevertheless desperate to save its small connection to the “Queen of Soul.”. In 1942, Franklin was born in the tiny wooden home, but her family left Memphis about two years later. Now, the Memphis mayor’s office is trying to save the dilapidated structure, left vacant for years, to preserve it as a landmark. A group from the mayor’s office is seeking funding sources to assist in the preservation and future use of the historic home.
Franklin isn’t the only star whose childhood home hasn’t been deemed landmark-worthy. Plenty of celebrity homes, living and deceased, have not received official landmark status, such as Madonna, Farrah Fawcett, Marlon Brando, Michael Jackson, Janis Joplin, Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain’s Aberdeen, President Barack Obama and the musician and actress Jennifer Lopez.
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