Late Night Shows (And The Yankees) Pay Tribute To Aretha Franklin

Sergio Cunningham
August 18, 2018

Her father was the hugely influential and charismatic Detroit preacher CL Franklin, and from the age of five Aretha sang and played piano in his church, which in the 1960s was an important focal point of the civil-rights movement in Detroit.

The 18-time Grammy Award victor, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010, died at the age of 76 in her home in Detroit. "As Nicki Swift previously reported, pop star Ariana Grande belted out a lovely rendition of Franklin's hit song "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on August 16. (Just reading those titles, don't the choruses just pop straight into your head?) She was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The multiple Grammy victor cemented her place in United States music history with a powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves.

- Franklin has performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama.

WBGO News reached out to a number of artists, presenters and producers whose lives she touched - like Bettye LaVette, who worked the same circuit in Detroit, and even shared the same hairdresser; and Leo Sacks, who produced the archival boxed set Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia. However, during a press conference at the White House later in the day, he opened by saying "I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well".

"For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls". However, just hours after her passing, reports started to surface that Franklin's partner of thirty years and her sons are already at war over her $80 million fortune.

Nick Jonas and family arrive in Mumbai with very big Tiffany bag
It was being said that her fiance Nick Jonas will also be flying down to India with his family to attend the event. PeeCee and Nick left her residence in the same vehicle while their parents followed in separate cars behind.

Stevie Wonder has broken down recalling his final visit with longtime friend Aretha Franklin in the days before the Queen of Soul's death.

Singers and musicians quickly flooded social media in mourning her passing, which came on the same day that fellow U.S. music giant Elvis Presley died at his home in Memphis, the city where Franklin was born, 41 years ago.

"Aretha was a rare treasure whose unmatched musical genius helped craft the soundtrack to the lives of so many". She also knew how to tell a good joke.

It's been reported by TMZ that her family is looking to arrange a public memorial at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit where she grew up.

"I knew "Respect" from Otis Redding, [but] when I heard her sing it, it was nearly like hearing a whole new song".

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