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Aretha Franklin

Aretha was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father was a Baptist minister and her mother was an accomplished piano player and vocalist. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan when she was 4 years old.

Aretha started singing at her father's church. By the age of 16, she had signed a recording contract, been on tour with Dr Martin Luther King and sung at his funeral.

At the age of 25, she recorded the song, "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)". It reached number one on the R&B chart, while also peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Franklin her first top-ten pop single. Soon after, her version of Otis Redding's song "Respect" shot to number one on both the R&B and pop charts. It became her signature song and was later hailed as a civil rights and feminist anthem.

She released over forty studio albums, won eighteen Grammy Awards as well as Lifetime Achievement, Legend and Person Of The Year Awards. She famously appeared in the Blues Brothers film and sang at three different presidents' inaugurations (but politely refused a similar invitation by Donald Trump).

She had an 8 year battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away in Detroit surrounded by her loved ones.

She was called "The Queen Of Soul".

"American history wells up when Aretha sings," President Obama explained in response to her performance of "A Natural Woman" at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. "Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll—the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope".

The After Eight Show - presented by Peter Coleman

The After Eight Show has been nominated for this year's Mixcloud Online Radio Awards in the category Best Online Music Show. Very excited!

As you may be aware, our claim is that we play 'Music You Just Don't Hear Anywhere Else!' It is almost exclusively NEW music and from unsigned artists, those just starting out or playing the sort of music that doesn't get them played on commercial radio stations.

We would appreciate it so much if you took the time and trouble to vote for us. We now have over 7 thousand followers on Twitter and a large number of those are musicians themselves for whom, we hope, we are providing a wider platform for their music to be heard. In the age of the charts being dominated by X Factor and The Voice, it is so important that REAL musicians making interesting, original music also have a chance.

So please VOTE for us using this link and, more importantly, listen to our show and discover new music that you don't hear anywhere else!