Aretha Franklin dies at 76: Remembering the Queen of Soul

Sergio Cunningham
August 17, 2018

- The Motown Museum in Detroit is paying tribute to the Queen of Soul this weekend after her passing.

"The loss of ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church", he wrote. "However, Aretha's always been given a pass". She passed away at home in Detroit, Michigan.

Earlier this year, she canceled a pair of performances, including at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, on doctor's orders, according to Rolling Stone.

She sang for presidents and the pope.

Franklin, who has a four-octave vocal range, taught herself how to play the piano. "From seeing her as a baby singing and playing at the piano at her father's home, to her giving a rousing performance at the White House, she has always been awesome".

Aretha said, "Okay, uh.great gowns, lovely gowns".

And Chance the Rapper sweetly shared some of Aretha's lyric in his post, writing QUOTE, "The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you". Two years later, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and became the second woman ever to be inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry. Rest in Power Aretha, you will sorely missed but never forgotten.

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"We're sad but we're very grateful to have had someone like Aretha Franklin in our lifetime", he told reporters, recalling how Franklin paved the way for other female musicians.

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

As she rose in popularity, Franklin did not abandon her sense of activism.

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

In recent years she was doted for showing up when called upon, either at ceremonies celebrating the past, or at Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration where she famously wore a metric ton of fabric on her head. "And Smokey said, 'Well, they just don't know who your healer is'".

"It was the right song at the right time", she said. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the film "Bobby", which was about the 1968 assassination of U.S. Sen. "You don't get to get that title by being mediocre".

2017: Franklin announces her retirement in February. After receiving a doctor's recommendation, she had been forced to cancel concerts in several North American cities.

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