Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Has Died at Age 76

Aretha Franklin news Singer is under the care of hospice workers at her Detroit home

Aretha Franklin news Singer is under the care of hospice workers at her Detroit home

Aretha Franklin, the great American singer who became a defining voice of the 20th century and the acclaimed Queen of Soul, died at her home in Detroit on Thursday from pancreatic cancer, her publicist said. Her father was a church minister and her mother a prolific pianist and gospel singer.

More than 50 years later, there still seems a need to do what Aretha Franklin first did all those years ago and spell out what respect really means. "However, Aretha's always been given a pass".

She would sing at King's funeral a decade later.

In 2009, Franklin performed at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

"The sock-it-to-me line helped shape the song for sure", Carolyn Franklin said in the biography "Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin. She is right up there with Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier, these artists who put themselves on the line". While she denied the tumour was cancerous, the illness did cause Franklin to suffer significant weight loss, and she had to cancel a number of scheduled shows. She was given a great gift from God - her voice, and she used to well. "In her prime, Aretha's voice took listeners to a place that few other artists' voices could take them", Carpenter said.

"She told life through stories in her singing".

"I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now", she said. She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry'.

Earlier this year, music producer Clive Davis revealed that Jennifer Hudson would star in an upcoming biopic about Franklin's life.

A Rolling Stone reviewer said Franklin "sings like never before on record" on that live album.

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"Ironic, I know! But I remember a most wonderful summer with my Wellington peeps and we listened to Young, Gifted and Black, the whole album, just recycled over and over".

Clara Ward, of the Ward Singers, and Mahalia Jackson were among Franklin's mentors.

Singer John Legend called her the greatest vocalist he had ever known.

Sometimes Franklin spoke, rather than sang, about her beliefs. "Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world". "It certainly has sustained me to this day". But Franklin let her millions of fans into her innermost world in 1999 when she published her autobiography, "Aretha: From These Roots".

"I was talking about the male-female relationship".

The performer, who became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was diagnosed with the illness in 2010.

Franklin tragically died at the age of 76 on Thursday, surrounded by loved ones at her home in Detroit, Michigan.

So, finally, Franklin joined us - I was one of about eight writers at this roundtable gathering - and began to field our predictable questions about her new record. Today, it has been referenced and sampled in dozens of feature films. "The Icon. The ultimate singers' singer", pop diva Mariah Carey tweeted.

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

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