Aretha Franklin, 'Queen of Soul', dies aged 76

Toby Graves
August 18, 2018

Annie Lennox added: "As the One and Only "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin was simply peerless". I had the great privilege of performing with was truly one of the greatest moments of my career.

After months of rumors circulating about her poor health, Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76.

After half a century in the music business, Franklin created her own label and released "A Woman Falling Out of Love", a record that only had modest sales in the U.S and stayed on the Billboard charts for just two weeks.

This is Aretha Franklin.

Earlier this week, members of her family told NBC WDIV-TV in Detroit that she was "gravely ill". I'll always be grateful for her kindness and support, including her performances at both my inaugural celebrations, and for the chance to be there for what sadly turned out to be her final performance last November at a benefit supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS. Baker also complimented Franklin's piano-playing chops: "She also excels as a pianist, displaying a strong left hand - and strong left hands are not common among jazz pianists these days". "She worked for me on numerous occasions".

Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York February 17, 2012.

People gather at a makeshift memorial at the nameplate for singer Aretha Franklin outside the Apollo Theater Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in NY.

World leaders and celebrities including President Donald Trump, former president Barack Obama, Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, and Mariah Carey, have paid glowing tributes to the Queen of Soul. "She was an exceptionally talented person so her personality reflected somewhat of a diva attitude", says Butler.

"She was the most soulful and inspirational singer of our time. there will never be anyone like her".

Pop superstar Ariana Grande, meanwhile, shared a gif of Franklin singing in her younger years. She would also win a total of 18 Grammys, and in 1987, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

We've listened to her music forever and we've seen her in concert but not as close as you were.

"She once said when I'm not on stage, I am the lady next door".

"I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing".

"I can't help but feel inspired by someone who was as gifted and as fearless as she was", he said.

Former US President Barack Obama took to his Twitter on August 17 (Aug. 16 in the United States) and paid homage to the soul institution herself.

"She was obviously unwell, and I wasn't sure she could perform".

"I believe that any musician who has ever done any music from her feels the same thing that I'm feeling - a void and a loss", DeVaughn said.

We're all listening to her music today. what's a song of hers that you'll listen to today to remember her?

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