Aretha Franklin is remembered by friends, artists and fans

Lawrence Kim
August 17, 2018

Franklin, the long-reigning Queen of Soul who sang with matchless style on such classics as Think and her signature song, Respect, was originally diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

When the death of Aretha Franklin was announced on Thursday morning, one U.S. president paid tribute to a voice that offered "a glimpse of the divine", in which Americans could feel "our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect".

Franklin passed away at 9:50 am (1350 GMT) surrounded by her family and loved ones, her family said in a statement issued by her publicist. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", he said.

"In Aretha Franklin's sprawling career, she has taken on many roles - the devout gospel singer, the sensual R&B siren, the pop crossover phenom, Lady Soul - and dominated them all", the hall's website says.

Behind the scenes, the star first became a mother at 12 years old when she gave birth to son Clarence Franklin in 1955.

The Museum will also have a guest book available to sign, which will be sent to Aretha's family. The whole world will miss her but will always rejoice in her remarkable legacy.

Franklin signed with Columbia Records in 1960, and released the album Aretha the following year.

"Salute to the Queen".

She had a four-octave vocal range and was a self-taught pianist, who learned without knowing how to read music.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said her music would inspire people for generations. She also had a seven-year relationship with her road manager, Ken Cunningham. She worked for me on numerous occasions.

"She was our sister and our friend".

The Queen of Soul has sung at the inaugurations of three American Presidents: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

The Detroit News later reported that she was in hospice care, as artists from across the musical spectrum offered well wishes to the singer who lived in Detroit - the Motor City, home of Motown - most of her life.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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