Aretha Franklin Taught The World About Rising Above Trouble With Joy

Danny Woods
August 17, 2018

"She was indeed the Queen of Soul. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds", the statement said.

Franklin was born in Memphis, Tenn. on March 25, 1942. "There wasn't a single corner of the world that didn't rise and swing to her music".

The internet is collectively mourning the loss of the Queen Soul following news that Aretha Franklin had lost her battle to advanced pancreatic cancer Thursday at the age of 76.

As Fox's mistake was immediately noticed by social media users, the channel claimed it had used "a secondary image" of Franklin "performing with Patti LaBelle".

Aretha Franklin is dead and we still, 50 years after she made her artistic and commercial breakthrough, can scarcely comprehend the still-shocking power of her singing.

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She recorded steadily, releasing six albums by the middle of the decade with chart-topping songs like "One Step Ahead" and "You Made Me Love You", and her live show came to venues like the Showboat in Philadelphia and the Apollo in NY.

She influenced generations of female singers with unforgettable hits including Respect (1967), Natural Woman (1968) and I Say a Little Prayer (1968). Franklin was like her work: passionate, yes, but also complicated and ultimately unknowable. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman.

Likewise, 1998 was significant, between releases and performances. "I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now", she told Detroit Local 4 reporter Evrod Cassimy.

Franklin had more than 20 United States chart hits over a music career spanning seven decades, including one of her greatest hits Respect, released in 1967.

The star also recalled listening to Aretha's music with his mother when he was younger.

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