On September 11, 1814, the British Fleet arrived at the mouth of the Patapsco River. Thus began the Battle of Baltimore, which inspired Francis Scott Key to pen “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Featuring Aretha Franklin’s soulful, heartfelt voice, our flag’s broad strips and bright stars shine through in this moving rendition of our national anthem.
in 2019, Aretha Franklin was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Award and Citation for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.
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About Aretha Franklin
Aretha Frankin (1942—2018) an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. She was a renowned singer of popular music, soul music, and rhythm and blues. In the 1960s she became known as the Queen of Soul. She won eighteen Grammy Awards, and she is one of the bestselling music artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005. In 2019, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.