Here's a look at the life of the "Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin.
Personal: Birth date: March 25, 1942
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
Birth name: Aretha Louise Franklin
Father: Rev. C. L. (Clarence La Vaughn), minister and gospel singer
Mother: Barbara (Siggers) Franklin, gospel singer
Marriages: Glynn Turman (April 11, 1978-1984, divorce), Ted White (1961-1969, divorce)
Children: with Ken Cunningham: Kecalf Cunningham (1970); with Ted White: Theodore (1963); father's name is publicly unknown: Edward (1959), Clarence (1956)
Education: Studied classical piano at Julliard School of Music, 1998
Other facts: The reigning Queen of Soul for decades, she has a four-octave vocal range.
She is a self-taught pianist, who learned without knowing how to read music.
Is extremely private, she rarely discusses her personal life or her father's death.
Her father was shot by burglars in 1979 and remained in a coma from then until his death in 1984. Rev. Jesse Jackson presided over his funeral.
Franklin claims reports of her mother abandoning the family in 1948 are "an absolute lie". The Franklins separated and the children lived with Rev. Franklin, spending summers with their mother until Mrs. Franklin died in 1952.
Due to an in-flight turbulence incident in 1982 she has an extreme fear of flying.
She has performed at the inauguration of three different presidents, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barak Obama.
The "Queen of Soul", she has 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins. Ten of those wins are for Best R&B Vocal Performance.
A high school dropout, she has two honorary doctorates of music, from Berklee College of Music and Yale University.
In addition to receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the NAACP Hall of Fame, the Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame.
Timeline: 1954 - Sings first solo at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.
1956 - Along with her two sisters, performs backup on father's gospel recording for Gotham Records.
1960 - She leaves Detroit for New York, signs with Columbia Records and releases first album, "The Great Aretha Franklin".
1967 - Leaves Columbia Records after an unsuccessful attempt at developing a jazz style; signs with Atlantic Records; wins Grammy Award Best R&B Recording for "Respect".
1967-1974 - Wins a total of ten Grammy Awards.
April 9, 1968 - Sings "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.