Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Aretha Franklin Tributes on Display at Detroit's Most Famous Buildings

Aretha Franklin the 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76
Andrew Wong | 17 August, 2018, 13:58

Aretha Franklin passed away at her home in Detroit on Thursday, and the world not only lost the Queen of Soul, but a shade queen as well. (One of her final studio albums, as it turned out.) The venue for our sitdown was Le Cirque, in midtown Manhattan, a stately, upscale French eatery, one of the Big Apple's finest.

"I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin", disco and soul star Diana Ross tweeted. Franklin died Thursday in Detroit.

She followed up the next year by writing "Think", another tune that railed against her abusive husband while reflecting larger problems in society.

That brought her several R&B hits, and one which broke into Billboard's top 40 in 1961, "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby (With A Dixie Melody)".

"I feel an empty space inside", she told CBC News.

"Respect" is more than just a soul track, and it's more than just a scorching anthem.

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The Queen of Soul is notoriously private about her personal life.

Aretha Franklin lend her powerful voice not only to music - she also used it to speak out on behalf of the civil rights movement. But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it. I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance. She often did not get along with other women singers, including her sisters, could be quick to fire underlings and was erratic when it came to showing up for concerts and appointments.

Aretha Franklin singing Nessun Dorma at The Grammys in 1998. The legend will live on years after her lifetime. But she raised four sons and remained an exuberant presence on stage. We didn't know her.

Her father was shot in a robbery in 1979 and spent five years in a coma before dying at the age of 69 in 1984.

"How'd you get your trousers so tight?" she asks some dreamboat in the ebullient Freeway of Love, which is reason enough to ride with her.

British singer and songwriter Adele said she was heartbroken.

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Franklin also sang at the 2009 inaguaration of former President Barack Obama, who described her as someone who "helped define the American experience".

Last year, Aretha gave her last performance at a gala in NY held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation. Aretha would later sing at Dr King's funeral. As if that wasn't unbelievable enough, she wasn't done smashing records and also became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the second in the UK Hall of Fame.

Soon after news of her death was announced, celebrities took to social media to mourn the loss of the Queen of Soul.

Be sure to take a moment to click through the gallery above for photos spanning Aretha's iconic career.

"Yeah, I mean, you always have to remember it is Otis Redding's song, right". President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

LaBelle herself shared her condolences after Franklin's death. In 2010, she was forced to cancel to scheduled performances due to fractured ribs and abdominal pain. "Everybody wanted respect", Franklin told CBS News. "She was an unflinching advocate for civil rights and women, and her legacy will live on in her music forever". She had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer.

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