Aretha Franklin has died

Aretha Franklin has died

Aretha Franklin has died

"From seeing her as a baby singing and playing at the piano at her father's home, to her giving a rousing performance at the White House, she has always been unbelievable. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", a statement released by Franklin's family read. "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds". "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time", the family's statement continued.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Her first recording - "Spirituals" - came out on a local label in 1956 when she was just 14 years old.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 25, 1942 to C.L. Franklin, a prominent Baptist preacher, and Barbara Siggers Franklin, Aretha Louise Franklin grew up singing gospel in her father's New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. She created a uniquely emotional and powerful voice that put her at the forefront of 1960s soul music along with Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett.

She performed at the inaugurations of former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and also sang at the memorial service for Dr. Martin Luther King 1968.

She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and in 2005 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from then-President George W. Bush.

David Remnick wrote of Franklin in The New Yorker today, "Franklin's voice was a pure, painful, and unforgettable expression of American history and American feeling, the collective experience of black Americans and her own life", he wrote.

Aretha's success continued into the 1970s with hits such as Spanish Harlem and Rock Steady.

Here are some of the best tracks by acclaimed singer Aretha Franklin.

Along the way Franklin inspired a generation of singers. ". Aretha became a model for people like Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston". She sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the 1993 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Franklin was the most lauded female R&B vocalist of her era. She filled in at the last minute for Luciano Pavarotti and unleashed an epic rendition of "Nessun Dorma" at the 1998 GRAMMY Awards.

Following her parents' separation, Aretha's mother moved to Buffalo in NY but she would frequently visit her children in Detroit.

Franklin leaves behind her four sons - Clarence, Edward, Teddy and Kecalf. Following a tribute to the Queen of Soul at his annual pre-Grammys bash in January 2018, Clive Davis announced that Hudson was Franklin's choice to portray her on the big screen. A lot of her family is around her, supporting her.

Franklin had two children from relationships when she was a teenager.

As Franklin transitioned into "diva mode", she became famous (and infamous) for wonderful performances mixed with health scares. She did not attend either.

Some of Franklin's most successful years professionally were also her most turbulent personally. Instead, she traveled in a customized bus. She subsequently canceled several appearances. Twenty years ago she stepped into the Grammy ceremony spotlight at the very last minute, subbing for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti and bringing the house down on Puccinis hard aria Nessun dorma. Her last live performance was November 7, 2017, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation gala.

Chain of Fools is one song by Aretha Franklin that has been covered a number of times over the years. It was clear her and her mother both had a similar quality to their voices - the genetics were just unbelievable.

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