Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Aretha Franklin started with gospel, ended with soul at age 76

Aretha Franklin started with gospel, ended with soul at age 76

Following news of Franklin's passing, Obama echoed the statement - celebrating her life with a heartfelt post on Twitter. "However, Aretha's always been given a pass". But Aretha did and she raised the roof.

Franklin, who was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up with her father Rev. C.L. Franklin in Detroit.

It was a fitting moment, as well, as Franklin worked tirelessly over the years, fighting for civil rights, her cover of the hit "Respect" becoming an anthem for the movement in the 1960's and for women's rights.

"She sang some seriously stupid s-t".

Actress and singer Bette Midler called Franklin "the greatest voice in American popular music" and her own "musical lighthouse". You could feel her heart, you could feel the rumble.

Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning Queen of Soul, died on Thursday morning at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer.

"Thank you for your compassion and prayers".


When asked in 2017 by the Chicago Sun-Times about the importance of her faith, Franklin said: "It is very important".

Her death was confirmed today by her representative Gwendolyn Quinn to the Associated Press.

"Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all", the couple wrote.

A 20-time Grammy Award recipient and the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the pioneering singer and musician covered a wide range of material in her 40-year career, from gospel, R&B and pop, to Broadway-even taking on opera, in her legendary performance of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" at the 1998 Grammys. Franklin has 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins.

One of those select events was a gala for Elton John's 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation in November in New York City, where Franklin closed the event with a collection of songs including "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Freeway". The song was featured on the soundtrack of the film "Bobby", which was about the 1968 assassination of U.S. Sen.

As news broke of her failing health, celebrities including Ciara, Missy Elliott and Mariah Carey tweeted that they were praying for her.

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