Aretha Franklin, ‘the queen of soul’ has passed away in her home aged 76. Aretha had fought a battle against cancer in her later years. However, she will be remembered as one of the greatest singers of all time. Her legacy and contribution to music will live on in her exceptional collection of music and the singers that she inspired.
Despite rumours and falsehoods on the internet, the BBC and other mainstream media outlets have confirmed the death of Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin, the “queen of soul” who became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died in Detroit at the age of 76.The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music. Known for hits like Respect and Think, she had more than 20 US number ones over a career spanning seven decades.She gave her final performance last November at a gala in New York held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Born in Memphis to a gospel singer/pianist and a celebrated Baptist preacher, Franklin was tutored from an early age by such gospel stars as Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward. She struggled to find fame in the early years, with record label Columbia unsure how to frame her impressively powerful voice.- BBC
Some of Aretha’s biggest hits are below:
You make me feel
Aretha Franklin was beloved by fans and admired by her musical contemporaries.
What was your favourite Aretha Franklin song?
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