Franklin started as a gospel singer under her father's tutelage, even traveling on the road during his "gospel caravan" tours at age 14. She signed her first record deal by 18 and told her father she wanted to sing more like Sam Cooke.
Now her hits include "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Chain Of Fools," and "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You);" her own compositions "Think," "Daydreaming" and "Call Me;" her definitive versions of "Respect" and "I Say A Little Prayer;" global blockbusters like "Freeway Of Love," "Jump To It," "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," and her worldwide chart-topping duet with George Michael, and "A Rose Is Still A Rose."
Rolling Stone magazine ranked her No. 1 on the list of "The Greatest Singers Of All Time."
Franklin's current album, "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics," features 10 songs including Etta James' 1961 hit "At Last," Adele's 2010 "Rolling in the Deep" and Sinead O'Connor's 1990 ballad "Nothing Compares 2 U."
Her version of "Rolling in the Deep" marked her 100th R&B-charted single and made her the first woman and fourth artist in history to accomplish that.
Tickets, which start at $55, go on sale on Friday, March 20.