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Today we honor the life and legacy of the "Queen of Soul" and the "King of Rock 'n Roll".
Born in Memphis, TN on March 25, 1942, with the voice of an angel, Aretha Franklin began singing at her father's church. During her young adult years, Aretha was active in the Civil Rights Movement and could often be found at SCLC Conferences in the South. Her professional career got its start in 1960 with Columbia Records. After seven years at Columbia, Aretha moved on to achieve mainstream success with Atlantic records and by the end of the 1960s, she was dubbed "The Queen of Soul." Aretha left the world on August 16, 2018.
Today, we also honor the life of Elvis A. Presley who was born on January 8, 1935. His career began in 1954, as he would frequent Beale Street during his teen years to listen to the Blues and gaze into the windows at Lanksy Brothers. In August of 1954, Elvis signed to Sun Studio Records and he never missed a beat. "The King of Rock ‘n Roll" transitioned from this world Aug 16, 1977, leaving behind a legacy of love, peace, and Rock and Roll.
Images above were taken by Dr. Ernest C. Withers and can be purchased at the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery located at 333 Beale St Memphis, TN 38103.
M110_9: Aretha Franklin at Club Paradise, November 26, 1966
M372: Reverand C. Franklin and his daughter, Aretha, SCLC Convention, Club Paradise, July 1968.
M41: L.C. Bates, Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke at the Lorraine Motel. Memphis, TN. 1961.
M23: Elvis Presley, Nick Adams with the Lansky Brothers, 1958.
M21: Brook Benton and Elvis Presley, WDIA Goodwill Revue, Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, TN, December
6, 1957. .
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