Aretha Franklin - The Malkah of Soul

18 August, 2018, 01:07 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • Aretha Franklin news ‘Gravely ill’ singer is'at peace with her journey

Aretha Franklin-the legendary "Queen of Soul"-has died at the age of 76".

"Initially you're saddened, but then when you think about her being a child of God, you know it's about eternal life not just life", said Smith. "While most of us know her for her classic songs like "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", there was more to the vocal powerhouse than met the eyes. "There were times that we were asked to go to the back of the restaurant - say - or we couldn't use the bathrooms".

Franklin, a 17-time Grammy Award-winner, was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, and delivered her last performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in NY last November.

Franklin's music also helped serve as a springboard for a number of young guitarists who later became legends themselves. She, too, shared a picture she had taken with Franklin herself.

One of the defining moments of her career came when she was invited to perform at President Barack Obama's inaugural ceremony in 2009, where she moved fans with her rendition of "My Country 'Tis of Thee".

The music legend began her career as a child, singing gospel at a church in her home state of MI.

Following reports that Aretha Franklin had died, Fox News aired a lengthy tribute to the Queen of Soul, including numerous interviews and performances. "The Icon. The ultimate singers' singer", pop diva Mariah Carey tweeted.

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A year after signing with Columbia, Franklin entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the sing "Won't Be Long", which later peaked at No. 7.

McKinney - who first met Franklin when she was 17 - toured with the Queen of Soul as recently as 2016. Like so many others expressing their sadness today, I owe to her more joy and love of music itself than I'd ever be able to put into words.

The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer.

Broadcaster and current WDET music host Jay Butler booked her for a show when both were in Tennessee.

Her biggest hit, "Respect", became an anthem of the civil rights and women's movements. From there, her career skyrocketed and she earned her title, "The Queen of Soul".

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush in 2005, when she was saluted for "capturing the hearts of millions of Americans". They wrote: 'For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls. "And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance".

"There's a saying that (goes) 'We stand on the shoulders of giants.' And Miss Franklin was one of them", said the San Antonio musician.

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