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Happy Birthday to the Queen of Soul!


The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, celebrates her 71st birthday today. Aretha’s done two tours of duty with our labels, first with Columbia Records from 1961 to 1966, then a hitmaking era with Arista from 1980 to 1998. Today’s photo from the Sony Music library, taken in August 1961, captures a 19-year old Aretha in the studio with the man who signed her to Columbia, the legendary John Hammond.

Visit the official Aretha Franklin facebook page to wish her Happy Birthday!