Chain of Fools

Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools

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Soul Music and the New Femininity

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, General Music, Social Studies/History

How did Aretha Franklin represent a new female voice in 1960s popular music?

The Gospel Origins of “Chain of Fools”

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music

Essential Question: How did Aretha Franklin’s foundation in Gospel music influence her recording of “Chain of Fools,” helping to establish a Soul sound and bringing black culture into mainstream America?

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Aretha Franklin

(b. 1942) Known as "the Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin is one of many soul singers who started singing as a youngster in church. She was born in Memphis, Tenn., but her family eventually settled in Detroit, Michigan where her father, C.L. Franklin, was a popular Baptist minister. Her father often entertained popular gospel stars, who encouraged and coached the young singer. At the age of 19, Aretha made her first album for the Columbia label, after being signed by legendary talent scout John Hammond. Her recordings for the label, aimed at the Pop and Jazz market, met with some success, but failed to connect with...