Aretha Franklin, 'queen of soul', dies aged 76

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Aretha Franklin, 'queen of soul', dies aged 76

Post by FangfossFlyer » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:19 pm

The great American soul singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76, her representative has said. She was reported to have been gravely ill with her family at her bedside.

Franklin had been in ill health since 2010, when she was diagnosed with a tumour but returned to intermittent live performance after undergoing surgery. She died of advanced pancreatic cancer. Despite having announced her retirement from performing in 2017, she was due to headline two shows at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest this April but cancelled on doctor’s orders. Her last performance was at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City during Elton John’s 25th anniversary gala for the Elton John Aids Foundation on 7 November 2017.

Known as “the queen of soul”, Franklin sold more than 75m records in her lifetime and won 18 Grammy awards. She had 77 entries in the US Billboard Hot 100 and 20 No 1 singles on the R&B chart. Her last album was A Brand New Me, released in November 2017, which paired archival vocal recordings for Atlantic Records with new orchestral arrangements by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her last original recording was Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics in 2014, which included her take on Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

“American history wells up when Aretha sings,” former US president Barack Obama said of her performance of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. “Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock’n’roll – the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope.”

Franklin was born on 25 March 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. The family moved to Buffalo, New York, when Franklin was two years old, and settled in Detroit, Michigan two years later. It was in Detroit, shortly after her mother’s death, that the 10-year-old Franklin started singing solos at New Bethel church, where her father was a preacher whose political sermons led Martin Luther King to stay with the family when he visited Detroit.


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Re: Aretha Franklin, 'queen of soul', dies aged 76

Post by Coyote Jim » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:27 pm

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Very sad indeed.
I'd been sort of expecting the worst when they said she was receiving hospice care.
Let's hope she now rests in peace and has no pain.
A real powerhouse of her genre.
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Re: Aretha Franklin, 'queen of soul', dies aged 76

Post by Mr Onion » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:23 pm

Sad news indeed. RiP Aretha
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Re: Aretha Franklin, 'queen of soul', dies aged 76

Post by Scooter » Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:27 pm

Queen of soul also gospel, sad loss.
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Re: Aretha Franklin, 'queen of soul', dies aged 76

Post by Scooter » Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:32 pm

Robbie Roberston posted this...

When the legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler told me that he had recorded, The Weight with Aretha Franklin, I thought, how does it get better than that? When I heard their version, I was thrilled that she sang the hell out of it and had Duane Allman on slide guitar. A dream come true. Aretha doesn’t scream, squall, or yell, she SINGS— from the heavens with grace and style.
Sending blessings and appreciations to the Queen.
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Re: Aretha Franklin, 'queen of soul', dies aged 76

Post by dan steel » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:02 pm

Very sad she will be sorely missed.
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