Queen of Soul Soft Enamel Pin
Aretha Louise Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at new Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C.L. Franklin was a minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia records but achieving only modest success. She signed to Atlantic records in 1966; by the end of the 1960s she was being called “The Queen of Soul”. Franklin recorded 112 chart singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-10 pop singles, 100 R&B entries and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the charts history.
Franklin receive numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, becoming the first female performer to be inducted, National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2012, she was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists by Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She was ranked by a Rolling Stone as the No. 1 greatest singer of all time.
Ms. Franklin was a symbol of perseverance and power—female power, black power, human power. She was a beacon of hope and her signature hit song, “Respect,” became a battle cry for freedom and equality.
- Each Pin is 2" tall and 1"wide
- Two pin back with black rubber clutches
- Listing is for ONE (1) pin.