Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Aretha Franklin: Tributes flow in for Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin: Tributes flow in for Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin, known as the "Queen of Soul", has been remembered as an "inspiration", "a rare treasure" and "one of the all time greats" in the tributes that have poured in after her death. They relocated to Detroit, which Aretha Franklin always called home, and her earliest recordings were made at her father's church.

Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title "the Queen of Soul", died Thursday, a family statement said. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", a family statement read. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on.

Her death reverberated so deeply that an incredible array of people from around the world, from USA presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama to musicians Paul McCartney and Diana Ross, took to social media to pay tribute. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.

"We love Aretha not just because she was a great and unique singer, but because she was a great and unique doer". "There were times that we were asked to go to the back of the restaurant - say - or we couldn't use the bathrooms".

"Iconic composer and singer-songwriter Carole King, who was one of the writers for Franklin's hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", also expressed her admiration for the late singer. In 1987, she was the first woman to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has sold millions of copies of her records and went on to win 18 Grammy awards. "For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine". She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music. And while Fox News attempted to pay homage to the legendary singer, they somehow found a way to drop the ball. It's a thrillingly-performed scene, and one which saw Franklin re-record a longer version of her original song with new backing vocals and extra saxophone from musician Lou Marini.

She had battled through several health issues throughout the years, including pancreatic cancer in 2011. "He wanted her to come down here and work with the southern boys", explained Jimmy Johnson, a member of The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

British singer and songwriter Adele said she was heartbroken. "Rest in Peace. #Respect", he wrote.

"This love song is a song a girl took away from me. but I'm still going to do it anyway", he said. It became a rallying cry for women's rights and the civil rights movement. At the peak of her career - from 1967 to 1975 - she had more than two dozen Top 40 hits.

"She represents music. Black soulful music". There had also been reports that she suffered from diabetes, though it was unclear if she had type 1 or type 2.

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