The Queen of soul; Aretha Louise Franklin dies at 76

One of the greatest American gospel and soul superstar artist in the recent times Aretha Louise Franklin has passed aged 76 in her home in Detroit, Michigan.

The Queen of Soul and eighteen times Grammy winner died on Thursday 16th August 2018 after suffering from an advanced pancreatic cancer.

Since her death, the world of music has been sympathizing with the family of the black American, one of the few to have written their names on the wall of fame.

Celebrities and politicians all over the world have been paying tributes to the late American gospel and pop music singer, Aretha Franklin whose music earned her the titlethe Queen of soul”.

Many have taken to the social media to share their love with family while remembering some of her songs and career which spanned seven decades.

John Legend wrote on twitter, “Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I’ve known”.

Alicia Keys, the soul singer made a cover of one of the legendary artists songs “You make me feel” as part of her homage.

Other artists like Ariana Grande and The Roots paid tribute to Aretha on The Tonight Show.

The USA President, Donald Trump tweeted, “The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with wonder, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!”.

Former American President, Barack Obama and wife Michelle paid tribute to her in a tweet noting that Aretha helped define every shade of the country’s history with her voice.

The deceased family expressed their gratitude for the outpouring love and support they have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world.

Aretha’s last moments

Her last public appearance was in November 2017 at the Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York.

Recently, the singer reportedly took ill and decided to stay with family.

Early this year, she retired from the scene.

It is for this reason that she cancelled her performance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Biography and musical career

Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA in 1942 but was raised mostly in Detroit. She was born to parents, Barbra Vernice and Clarence Franklin.

She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where her father, was Minister and  a gospel singer.

During her career that lasted for more than half a century, her songs topped the billboards.

Franklin was the first woman admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Aretha began recording gospel at fourteen but released her first single at the age of eighteen, and her first record was released in January 1961.

She won 18 Grammy awards. By the late 1970s her presence was less felt in the music milieu as the golden age of soul began to die.

Aretha’s high moments

Aretha Franklin during her career produced six live album, 45 compilation albums, 42 albums and 131 singles amongst others.

The black woman performed at the funeral of the late Martin Luther King Jr.

The late pop star sang at the inauguration of Former President Bill Clinton in 1992.

She received the Presidential Medal Of Freedom from Former President George W. Bush in 2005.

She mounted the stage and co-starred the First Black American President, Barack Obama during the inaugural event in 2009.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in coming days.

Sonia Teyou (Intern)



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