Today, a nation mourns ” Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, an icon of American music has died at the age of 76. There is no other singer, nor will there ever be a singer like the one and only Aretha Franklin.
Franklin’s bereaved family announced the passing of Aretha Louis Franklin.Her family said via a statement issued by her longtime representative. “Franklin … passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.”
Calling the loss “one of the darkest moments of our lives,” family members said they “are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hear .We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds,” the statement continued. “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days, the statement said.
In all things people can be as separate as fingers, but when it comes to the strings of acclaimed hit songs belted out by Aretha Franklin,the world sing as one. A highly celebrated and honored artist, with 18 Grammys, 20 number one Billboard singles, 45 songs in the top 40. In 2005, she received the Presidential Medal of Honor. It was a deeply emotional moment for the singer who have been honored previously by president Clinton with the National Medal of Arts and by the Kennedy Center. Franklin was a diva, and she made no bones about it.Aretha Franklin didn’t just sing notes, she belted them out, subsequently dubbed “ Queen of Soul‘ a self named title she earned and nobody could challenge. She had the passion, intensity and ability to move her listeners to experience an unutterable frisson.
Amongst her countless hits were the soul classics, “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” and “Think.” Other hits included “Daydreaming” and “I Say a Little Prayer.
Aretha Franklin was also a trailblazer for women, an African American singer who achieved success against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement and was honored by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Southern Christian Leadership Council Award.
While Dr.King was the leader of the civil Rights movement in America ,Aretha Franklin had become the inspiring symbol of the black equality.With her own sense of pride and dignified stance, Aretha Franklin represented the new black woman in the 1960,s. In her own way she embodied the social and cultural change.
Franklin features the most diverse song line up an artist can accomplish because only Franklin can sing the Rolling Stone’s “Satisfaction” and Frank Sinatra’s ” That’s life” on the same album and pull it off. She just had that magic effect with any song.The smash hit ” You make me feel like a natural women” is no doubt one of the finest performance of her career
but when she released “Respect’ in 1967, she was in demand dominating the music charts and airways.The Recording Academy had to create a new category,” Best Rhythms And Blues Recording Female”.Aretha Franklins’
‘Respect ‘ won two Grammy’s and began her reign as the most awarded female singer in Grammy history.With the success of Respect’ Areatha Franklin finally set it off to the pot of gold she deserved. ‘Respect’ became the new National Anthem and antidote for women.
Her list of first goes on forever , like being the first woman to be inducted into Rock “N”Roll Hall of Fame.She used her voice to crash through barriers. Rolling Stone once ranked Aretha Franklin the number one greatest singer of all times . Millions of fans around the world knows her songs by heart, evoking emotional memories.
Franklin’s career spanned six decades and traversed various genres of music, from gospel to R&B to pop to opera .
Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Barbara and Clarence LaVaughn Franklin. Her father was an itinerant preacher whose “million-dollar voice” later earned him fame and friendship. From the pulpit he drew the likes of James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and Martin Luther King, Jr. to his New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.
Franklin’s performances were legendary, whether it was drawing a crowd to her father Rev. C.L. Franklin’s church, paying tribute to close family friend Martin Luther King Jr.singing “Precious Lord” at his funeral, stunning the 1998 Grammy crowd with her performance of “Nessun Dorma” while filling in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti, upstaging her fellow divas on VH1’s “Divas Live,”
singing”My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration nearly being upstaged by her hat, or giving props to singer Adele with her mashup of “Rolling in the Deep” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
not performed publicly since Elton John’s annual AIDS benefit gala in November 2017.
Franklin was mother to four sons, including Ted White Jr., or Teddy Richards, who has played backup guitar at his mother’s live concerts. She was married twice, to Ted White from 1961 to 1969, and to actor Glynn Turman from 1978 to 1984. She was also once engaged to longtime companion Willie Wilkerson.