1. Denise Nicholas And Aretha Franklin On 'Room 222'
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2. Aretha Franklin, circa 1960s
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3. Aretha Franklin At The 50th Annual Academy Awards
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4. Muhammad Ali And Aretha Franklin On Muhammad Ali Variety Special
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5. Aretha Franklin Singing On Muhammad Ali Variety Special
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6. Aretha Franklin, circa 1970s
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7. Aretha Franklin Singing With Tom Jones On 'This Is Tom Jones'
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8. Aretha Franklin Performing at Madison Square Garden
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9. Aretha Franklin sur scène
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10. Aretha Fanklin pictured in the summer of 1970
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11. Aretha Franklin In Boston In 1971
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12. Aretha Franklin, circa 1967
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Continue reading Aretha Franklin In Pictures: Rare Photos From The Queen Of Soul’s Early Career
Aretha Franklin In Pictures: Rare Photos From The Queen Of Soul's Early Career
Aretha Franklin blossomed into arguably the greatest singer of all time, but the fame and acclaim wasn't achieved overnight. The Queen of Soul flexed her enviable vocal chords from a young age, which took her from singing in the church to ultimately signing a major record contract and releasing her debut album at the age of 18.
Scroll through the below photos showing scenes from early on in her career on her way to fully earning her iconic nickname.