Watch the Aretha Franklin performance that brought Barack Obama to tears

Sergio Cunningham
August 17, 2018

These songs would go on to earn her the title of Queen of Soul.

British musician and composer Elton John praised Franklin's "unique" voice, calling her "the greatest soul artist of all time". President Donald Trump called her a "great woman, with a wonderful gift from God", and 2016 presidential election candidate Hillary Clinton thanked her for "opening our eyes, ears and hearts". "But, I describe her as the greatest American singer of the 20th century, in part because of her mastery of multi-genres". In a 2009 interview with the newspaper, Franklin recalled King sleeping over at her dad's house whenever he made a pit stop in Detroit.

Here is a look back at just a few of those moments. "She had a 60-year career, and even as her voice changed and matured and became more weathered, it sounded different, but she was in such control of her instrument that she still was absolutely brilliant".

The feeling was mutual.

LaBelle herself shared her condolences after Franklin's death.

"Day Dreaming" sounds all the more miraculous in 2018 because it represents Aretha's future impact as much as her musical roots. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn't sure she could perform.

As a teenager, Aretha's father helped her launch a gospel career.

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"This is a woman who of course comes up in the black church, but she's also deeply steeped in the blues".

She worked for me on numerous occasions.

Abdul "Duke" Fakir, the lone surviving original member of the Four Tops, told the AP earlier in the week about a recent conversation they had about the city. According to a family statement given to the Associated Press, "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type". They had a two-hour conversation when McCall was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago, and another heart-to-heart came more recently.

"She not only provided the soundtrack for the civil rights movement, Aretha's music transcended race, nationality and religion and helped people from all backgrounds to recognize what they had in common", said longtime civil rights leader Rev. Joseph E. Lowery. She joined New Times' staff in 2011 and left the paper in 2014, but two years and two babies later, returned.

Noticing his daughter's talent, her father began to manage her. If Franklin was personally infamous for preferring things her way all the time, she never failed to meet her repertoire on its own terms before choosing the methodology she would use to transform it. "However, Aretha's always been given a pass". But she kept pursuing her dream.

That same year she was tapped to sing at the memorial service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. where she performed a stirring rendition of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand". "She belongs to us".

"She's Detroit's queen - she's our queen", McCall added.

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