Producer Jerry Wexler immediately shuttled Franklin to the Florence Alabama Musical Emporium (FAME) recording studios.
However, a cameo in the 1980 film helped Franklin revive her flagging career.
Franklin went on to release several popular singles, many of which are now considered classics.
In 1987, she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2008 she won her 18th Grammy Award, making her one of the most honored artists in Grammy history.
Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942.
A gifted singer and pianist, Franklin toured with her father's traveling revival show and later visited New York, where she signed with Columbia Records.