Aretha Franklin – Her Childhood Home Recognized With Tribute Plaque
A plaque honoring legendary singer Aretha Franklin has been set up outside her childhood home in Memphis, Tennessee.
The city’s mayor Jim Strickland unveiled the display outside the modest wood house on Wednesday. The soul sensation was born there in 1942, but her family left Memphis two years later (44).
There has not been a sign explaining the significance of the residence until now, although the pad has since fallen into disrepair and has been abandoned for years.
According to the Associated Press, members of the community and local lawyers have been working to assure that the dilapidated structure is saved from being demolished.
Last year (16), Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter ordered the home to be destroyed, but when volunteers managed to stabilize its foundations, the order was put on hold.
Aretha Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9; and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, in which she placed number 1.