Hearts Are Breaking, The Beloved Aretha Franklin Has Passed At 76

I became a fan a little later in her career, when she had that iconic role in the “Blues Brothers,” a movie I do watch about once a year.

She’s a beloved soul singer, talent extraordinaire who’s voice is instantly recognizable by anyone who loves music.

I’m grieving for a major loss to a talent who made a difference in this world.

Here is the rest of the story…

On August 16, 2018, BBC News published the following report, “Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul’, dies aged 76″

“Aretha Franklin, the “queen of soul” known for hits like Respect and Think, 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.

“Franklin 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.”

“In a statement, her family said: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.”

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EARLY YEARS OF ARETHA FRANKLIN

“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins knew no bounds.”

“The family also confirmed her death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.”

“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.”

“Sir Elton John led the tributes on his Instagram account, writing: “The loss of Aretha Franklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music.

“Music from the heart, the soul and the church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated… I adored her and worshipped her talent. God bless her. My condolences to all her family and friends.”

“Annie Lennox said: “She has reigned supreme. and will always be held in the highest firmament of stars as the most exceptional vocalist, performer and recording artist the world has ever been privileged to witness.”

“Superlatives are often used to describe astonishing artists, but in my view even superlatives seem insufficient.”

“Sir Paul McCartney said: “Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever.”

Carole King added: “What a life. What a legacy! So much love, respect and gratitude.”

“A move to Atlantic Records in 1966 saw Franklin paired with the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, prompting some of her most soulful and fieriest performances.

By 1968 she was renowned throughout America and Europe as “Lady Soul” – a symbol of black pride who appeared on the cover of Time and was given an award by Martin Luther King.”

“After an eye-catching cameo in cult comedy The Blues Brothers, she scored a number of big hits in the 1980s including Who’s Zooming Who? and the George Michael duet I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).”

“She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush in 2005, when she was saluted for “capturing the hearts of millions of Americans”.

“Ten years later she reduced President Barack Obama to tears when she sang (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman at a Kennedy Center Honours ceremony, having previously performed at his inauguration.”

Link to entire article: Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul’, dies aged 76 – BBC News – BBC.com

See: Obituary: Aretha Franklin

12 comments

  1. Dear Horty,

    She was only 76. Ms. Aretha is already missed.

    Take care. Live life because time’s too short.

    Thanks a million times for all of your support and for this reblog.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  2. What a beautiful tribute,Gronda. Watching her sing ‘Natural Woman’, the standing ovation, President Obama wiping a tear … I had my own tears … she was an amazing talent and will be sorely missed, but she left us her legacy in beautiful music.

    Thanks for doing this so nicely … I could not have done it any better.

    Hugs

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    • Dear Jill,

      That video brought a few tears to my eyes as well. I heard via one reporter that Ms. Aretha had learned to play piano at the age of 5 by ear. At the Kennedy Center, Carole King was thrilled to see Ms. Aretha singing her song while playing the piano.

      I’m pleased that she is getting lots of media coverage, honoring her legacy.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Gronda, she was a true talent who also advocated for the disenfranchised. She was not only a “natural woman,” she was her own person. Like Bessie Smith, she spoke up for herself and wanted to get it right. She deserves all of our R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Thanks Aretha. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      You are right in that she was also very committed to helping others.

      It is safe to say that we all have R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Aretha Franklin. You know who had better not say word one about this Queen of Soul.”

      Hugs, Gronda

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