Aretha Franklin has announced that she plans to retire after a 60 year musical career. Now 75, Franklin has struggled with health issues for the last few years, which may have contributed to her decision to call it a day. Before she goes, however, fans will get one more album from her, produced by Stevie Wonder. Franklin has said she doesn’t plan to “just sit down and do nothing” and that she may still do the occasional live gig – so fans may still get the opportunity to see her.
Franklin recorded her first album at the age of only 14, in 1956. The record wasn’t a big success commercially but it set her down a road that she’s only now leaving; and in the process she’s scored twenty #1 singles, released over 40 studio albums, sold over 75 million records and had the distinction of being the first woman ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
Her retirement will be a sad day for Soul music, but with a list of achievements like that, no one can say she hasn’t earned it.