DID YOU KNOW...
At 18 Aretha started recording for Columbia records
Aretha had her first child, Clarence when she was 12 and her second child, Edward when she was 14.
Her Grandmother raised the children so she could focus on her music career
She recorded "Respect" in 1967 but the song was originally recorded by Otis Redding. It became her signature
song and later became the anthem of civil right and the feminist movement
She can't read music
Random fact: Aretha used to be a massive chain smoker
She had a guest appearance in Blue Brothers where she performed her song "Think" as soul food diner owner Mrs. Murphy
She's performed at two presidential inaugurations; Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter
She recorded her very first album "Songs of Faith" at the age of 14
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" was actually written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin in 1967
but was originally recorded by Aretha in the same year
Aretha is Whitney Houston's Godmother