Thursday, January 3, 2013

January 3: Aretha Franklin

On this date in History .... 1987:

Aretha Franklin 1987 Album
Aretha Franklin becomes the 1st woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Of the current 159 inductions in the Performer’s Category, only 10 are solo women performers and 13 are groups containing women.

Part of the reason is the criteria used to be inducted: The person/group must have released their 1st album 25 years earlier.  In 1987, the board had to look in the early 60s when women were not prominent in the Rock-n-Roll genre.

Franklin moved to Detroit when she was two and as a teenager traveled with her minister father's traveling gospel shows.  She has won more Grammy Awards than any other female artist.

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