Monday, 12 November, 2018

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at age of 76

Posed portrait of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin poses for
Kristopher Love | 17 August, 2018, 17:57

Meanwhile, a certain Will Caldwell (@willbcaldwell) took to Twitter on August 17 (Aug. 16 in the US) to share a tribute happening in the streets of Harlem in NY for the departed Franklin.

In a statement to EW, Fox News executive Jessica Santostefano explained the error.

Correction: This story has been corrected to clearly identify that Aretha Franklin performed at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s memorial service.

"Respect" is now remembered for being Franklin's more than Redding's.

In 2008, Beyonce introduced Tina Turner as "the queen" at the Grammy Awards ceremony, which Franklin decried as "a cheap shot" at her.

The late musician Billy Preston, who often worked with Aretha, put it more succinctly when he called her "the best f*****' singer this f***ed-up country has ever produced".

The mother-of-four's family said her oncologist confirmed her cause of death was due to the pancreatic cancer she had been battling for several years. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", a family statement read.

"Thank you Aretha Franklin for getting me through tough days", Twitter user, Pablo, said.

Franklin was back on the charts with the 1985 album, Who's Zoomin' Who?, featuring the hit single "Freeway of Love", and her 1986 duet with singer George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)", hit No. 1. "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time", the statement concluded.

Gwendolyn Quinn said the singer died at her home in Detroit on Thursday morning where she was surrounded by friends and family.

"I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance - a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at St John The Divine Cathedral", he added.

Franklin, who had announced retirement plans in 2017, had hoped to continue touring in 2018.

At Atlantic, she was teamed with the producer Jerry Wexler, known as "the funky Jewish King of black music". In 1987, she was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

All week, tributes from fans and celebrities had been pouring in on social media. She was beyond a legend in the nation and world.

Her legacy will live on through her music and in part in the next generation of Detroit soul singersfollowing in her footsteps. "She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry", the former first couple said.

One of the most challenging things to do will be to write about the Queen of Soul music in just a few words or pages.

"Her voice was unique". "I just know she had on a green coat".

The teenage Aretha cuts loose in the '50s, revving up a raucous congregation at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. "She gave us hope. her music gave us hope in a time of trouble".

"How'd you get your trousers so tight?" she asks some dreamboat in the ebullient Freeway of Love, which is reason enough to ride with her. God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends. Patti and I are cool and we always have been. Famously, you'll see on the facade - there are photos of it - 'She's Home: Aretha Franklin'.

The undisputed "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin passed away in the morning of August 16, Thursday.

Franklin was a force in the music industry and helped open so many doors for women who have followed her.