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

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Probably Aretha Franklin's best known song, Respect, was released in 1967 at the height of a tumultuous period in the battle for United States civil rights. Franklin has 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins. "Among her highest charting were her #1 singles "Respect" and "Chain of Fools", as well as her rendition of the Carole-King-penned "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

In 1987, Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But it's important to remember that the African-American church played an important role in liberal/progressive politics during the civil rights movement-and the black church was a vital part of Aretha Franklin's life.

It had been reported earlier this week that the soul singer had was "gravely ill".

Aretha signed a deal with Columbia Records in 1960, releasing the album "Aretha" with The Ray Bryant Combo a year later.

Some other links worth reading today: Franklin took the Proust Questionnaire in Vanity Fair back in the early '00s.

Franklin announced her partial retirement a year ago, saying she would release one last album and perform at "some select things". In 2016, she booked a show in Sarasota — it would have been her first local gig in more than a decade — only to cancel due to what the venue called "a lack of band personnel". She finally achieved widespread acclaim, and commercial success, after moving to Atlantic Records in 1967. She sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the 1993 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays. "She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever". And even while racism raged through much of the country, her work with Jerry Wexler - a white, Jewish journalist-turned-producer - proved that artists could come together to create something truly transcendent. "You know, there was information that I knew that I couldn't really say because the family did not want that out". "And I've been hurt - hurt bad".

Franklin's songs, meanwhile, have been featured in countless films and TV shows during her decades-long career. "There I never pretended to critique her vocals, her judgment was impeccable, her execution miraculous, and all I could do was provide the right setting or offer the occasional suggestion".

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The soul legend, known as one of the greatest ever artists on Detroit's legendary Motown label, known for their unique and seamless blend of soul and pop, was reportedly surrounded by family and friends at the time of her death.

She has 16 Top 40 singles on the UK's Official Singles Chart, five of which peaked inside the Top 10.

Aretha Franklin, often referred to as the Queen Of Soul, has died.

A singer in her father's gospel choir, the teenage Aretha had performed at concerts alongside Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, absorbing his message.

Two years later, she maintained her reputation, in the United Kingdom especially, with the George Michael duet I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - probably her biggest worldwide hit. "God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends".

Barbra Streisand mourned the loss of her fellow diva with a photo of the two that was taken a few years ago. "I can wear some chitlins out", she confessed. Respect was actually sung first by Otis Redding.

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