Aretha Franklin (b. 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Although known for her soul recordings and referred to as the Queen of Soul, Franklin is also adept at jazz, blues, R, gospel music, and rock.
"Back in the mid 60s I was a Mod, and being a big Soul music fan, was a regular at the Twisted Wheel Club All-Nighters in Manchester." Mod outside the Twisted Wheel, Manchester, United Kingdom, 1967, photograph by Paul Stanley.