Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, has died at 76

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, has died at 76

Gospel and soul singer Candi Staton, who traveled on the gospel circuit with Franklin during that decade when they were teens, recalled that her friend was a "gifted singer even as a young girl", though no one knew then all the hits that would follow with her unique voice.

Aretha Franklin will always be the undisputed Queen of Soul, and her legacy will live forever.

Aretha Franklin passed away Thursday at age 76 at her Detroit home, surrounded by family and friends.

"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart". "We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends". She is also spotted in the audience when Franklin returned at the end of the special to perform "Amazing Grace". 'We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time.

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

Franklin performed at President Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in 2009.

Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all. I adored her and I know the feelings were mutual.

In 1987, she was the first woman to inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Aretha Franklin was the greatest popular singer of the rock era. But Aretha did and she raised the roof.
She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. Her chart dominance with singles like "Natural Woman", "Baby I Love You", "Chain of Fools" and "I Say a Little Prayer" earned her the title Queen of Soul.

Though Fox News' official statement offers up a potential explanation for the error, the available evidence contradicts said explanation and raises questions as to whether they misidentified LaBelle or another individual in the image as Franklin as many viewers originally thought.

Liz Smith, a columnist at the New York Post wrote that Aretha Franklin was "much too bosomy" to wear certain types of clothes, but that her confidence makes it work.

2017: Franklin announces her retirement in February.

"The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965" (2002): Highlights from her underrated jazz and big-band recordings before she became a national star.

She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - America's highest civilian honor - in 2005 by President George W. Bush.

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