Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (Sunrise 1942-Sunset 2018)
As you may have already heard that the Queen of Soul has passed away from Pancreatic cancer. Aretha Franklin will be sorely missed, for there was nobody greater who could belt out a more heavenly sound.
Aretha Louise Franklin, born in Memphis, TN. self taught, started singing in the church when she was just a young girl. She had recorded some of her early songs at New Bethel Baptist Church by the age of 14. She was better known as a child prodigy, a very gifted pianist with the most powerful voice known to mankind, she was a great power house when it came to music and vocals.
Ms. Franklin performed with her father’s traveling revival and befriended great gospel artists such as Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward, and Sam Cooke. She would later visit New York where she first signed with Columbia Records.
Although Aretha Franklin veered from the gospel music, she never forgot her roots in which she first got a chance to rub elbows with the gospel greats such as Mahalia Jackson. In concert she would sing R&B’s but would always interject a gospel song or two.
Aretha’s chart dominance dubbed her the “Queen of Soul” working with many great people throughout her career, such as Otis Redding, Eric Clapton and a host of other artist. In 1968 Ms. Franklin had the great privilege to perform at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Aretha has performed in other venues such as the Democratic National Convention, Presidential Inauguration in 1977, the movie “The Blues Brothers”, More than 18 Grammy’s, the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
She also sang at the Inauguration for Bill Clinton 1993, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, The Kennedy Honors, Ms. Franklin stood in for Luciano Pavarotti with he rendition of “Nessun Dorma” commanding stellar reviews.
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and became the second woman to be inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Aretha Louise Franklin is one of the most honored artist in Grammy history, along with the likes of Adele, Beyonce’ and Alison Krauss.
Aretha’s Death: On August 12, 2018 Aretha Franklin was reported to be gravely ill. She was bedridden in her home, Detroit, Mi. She was surrounded by family and friends, as the word begin to spread, people such as Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson took the time to spend a few moments with her.
Encourage Yourself: Aretha Franklin will be missed by many, we loved her music and we loved the way she carried herself. She was not just a Diva, but a Queen, the “Queen of Soul”.