‘Queen of Soul’, Aretha Franklin Dies
Aretha Franklin was a preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning ‘Queen of Soul’ with hits like Respect and Chain of Fools, died at the age of 76.
Franklin, who won 18 Grammys and had some 25 gold records, died at her home in Detroit. Her family had earlier told media that she was gravely ill and asked for prayers.
Franklin’s father was a Baptist preacher in Detroit and the gospel singing she heard in his church was her musical foundation. She created a uniquely emotional and powerful voice that put her at the forefront of 1960s soul music along with Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett.
Franklin sang at the funeral of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King as well as at the presidential inaugurations of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
In 1987, she became the first woman voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2010, Rolling Stone magazine named her the no. 1 singer of the rock era.
Franklin’s career took a secular turn in 1961 when she signed with Columbia Records. She had only modest success with Columbia, which had trouble classifying her style and tried to steer her toward pop.
But when she switched to Atlantic Records in the mid-1960s, producer Jerry Wexler knew just what to do with Franklin, putting her powerful voice in a setting that combined gospel, soul and rock and made her a superstar by letting “the lady wail.” As Franklin put it in her autobiography, she “Aretha-ized” the music.
Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Detroit. Her father, the Rev C L Franklin, was respected as a civil rights leader, an early advocate of “black pride” and a friend of King.
President George W Bush presented Franklin the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.Disclaimer:We do not allow users to post content which is copyright and We take strict actions against the users who post infringement content on our website.Although we do not host any content, users post embed videos from youtube, facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo and are moderated before posting but we still take strict action against the copyright videos posted.If you are an official representative of any company whose videos are posted illegally on our website or you think some video infringe the copyright then you can simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org