Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. But she was raised in Detroit. There, her father C.L. Franklin was a church minister. Her musical talent was recognized at a young age. She played piano and sang gospel music at her father's church services.
Franklin began singing pop and jazz music at age 18, when she signed a recording agreement with Columbia Records.
But her real success started in 1967 under an agreement with Atlantic Records. That agreement permitted her to sing with her natural gospel intensity.
Franklin gained national fame that year with a series of hit music recordings, including "Chain of Fools," "A Natural Woman," and her most famous hit, "Respect."
弗兰克林当年凭借一系列热门音乐唱片获得了全国知名度，其中包括《Chain of Fools》、《A Natural Woman》以及她最著名的专辑《Respect》。
Franklin's career success continued into the 1980s and 1990s. She appeared in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers." She also had new music hits, including "Freeway Of Love" and "A Rose Is Still A Rose."
弗兰克林的职业成就持续到了上世纪八九十年代。她出现在了1980年的电影《The Blues Brothers》中。她还出了新的热门唱片，其中包括《Freeway Of Love》和《A Rose Is Still A Rose》。
Franklin earned more than 110 entries in Billboard magazine's music charts. That is the most by any woman in the magazine's history. In 1987, Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Franklin struggled with weight and health problems. But even in her older years, her voice remained a thing of wonder.
In 2009, she sang the American patriotic song "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at U.S. President Barack Obama's first inauguration.
2009年，她在美国总统奥巴马的首次就职典礼上演唱了美国爱国歌曲《My Country 'Tis of Thee》。
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