Mar 25, 2024 - History

Celebrating Aretha Franklin's birthday

Left photo: Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait during the recording of the song "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Gonna Be Me" in 1989 in Detroit. Right photo: Franklin performs during a 2011 Labor Day event in Detroit ahead of former President Barack Obama's Labor Day address.

Left photo: Producer Narada Michael Walden, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston during the recording of "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" in 1989 in Detroit. Right photo: Franklin performs during a 2011 Labor Day event in Detroit before former President Obama's Labor Day address. Photos: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images and Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The legendary Queen of Soul was born on this day in 1942.

  • To commemorate, we're bringing some facts you may not know about the "voice of Detroit," who died in 2018.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Franklin sang at three presidents' inaugurations, as well as the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr., according to the Detroit Historical Society.

✈️ She developed an intense fear of flying after a bout of high turbulence in the 1980s and even took a class to try to overcome it, per Biography.com. She took buses instead of planes.

🍬 Franklin hung around with friends in the North End growing up in the 1950s, going to the Echo Theatre and a sweets shop at Oakland and Belmont, according to the Detroit News.

🎀 She gave many an inspiring quote, including when she told Elle magazine: "In terms of helping people understand and know each other a little better, music is universal β€” universal and transporting."

Left Photo: Franklin performs at MotorCity Casino's Sound Board Theater in 2013. Right photo: Franklin recording at Columbia Studios in 1962 in New York.
Left photo: Franklin performs at MotorCity Casino's Sound Board Theater in 2013. Right photo: Franklin recording at Columbia Studios in 1962 in New York. Photos: Scott Legato/Wire Image via Getty and Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
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