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Aretha Franklin, American Musician ( March 25, 1942 - )

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Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.~Aretha Franklin


Birthday Day Gift

Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.~Aretha Franklin


Community Service Queen

Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing. If you're not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.~Aretha Franklin


Artist Doing You

My faith always has been and always will be important to me.~Aretha Franklin


Faith Me Important

We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It's our basic human right.~Aretha Franklin


Respect Woman Man

Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that.~Aretha Franklin


Happy God Gift

I am doing what I love to do, and you cannot beat that, especially when the audience appreciates what you prepare for them. It's very, very gratifying.~Aretha Franklin


Love I Am Doing

Don't say Aretha is making a comeback, because I've never been away!~Aretha Franklin


Comeback Away Say

Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It's transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It's uplifting, it's encouraging, it's strengthening.~Aretha Franklin


Life Music Moment

I go to the healthier foods that are less chemically treated. I am drinking lots of water to get rid of the toxins in my body. It's a natural flushing. Water flushes your system and is also very good for your skin.~Aretha Franklin


Good Water I Am

I'm a big woman. I need big hair.~Aretha Franklin


Woman Hair Need

I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is.~Aretha Franklin


People Accept Sing

I think the hardest thing is losing weight. That's the hardest thing more than anything else.~Aretha Franklin


Losing Think Hardest

I'm the lady next door when I'm not on stage.~Aretha Franklin


Door Lady Stage

If a song's about something I've experienced or that could've happened to me it's good. But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it. Because that's what soul is all about.~Aretha Franklin


Good Soul Me

I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.~Aretha Franklin


Music Rock And Roll Rock

Falling out of love is like losing weight. It's a lot easier putting it on than taking it off.~Aretha Franklin


Love Love Is Losing

I saw the Supremes when they were still singing in little black skirts and white blouses.~Aretha Franklin


Black Singing White

And I was booked once to go on 'Ed Sullivan' and I got bumped and ran out the back door crying.~Aretha Franklin


Door Go Back

Let's start with the church. As you know, it's my background, it's a natural setting for me and it's definitely my roots.~Aretha Franklin


Roots Me Start

Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum.~Aretha Franklin


Love Food You

I donate heavily to the church and various churches in the Detroit community and food banks.~Aretha Franklin


Food Community Church

When God loves you, what can be better than that?~Aretha Franklin


God Better You

I love 'Anne of Green Gables.' I have for years. That's one of my favourite things. She's such a can-do kind of girl; that's why I'm crazy about her.~Aretha Franklin


Love Girl Crazy

Sam Cooke had a huge influence on me. He left the gospel field at one point and went into the secular, and he had this huge hit, 'You Send Me.' Irma, my older sister, and I heard 'You Send Me' on the radio while we were driving through the South one night. We had to stop the car. We got out and danced around the car out on the highway.~Aretha Franklin


Sister Car Night