The beloved “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin has passed away after she was in declining health for a number of days.
Fox News reports the 76-year-old music legend died from advanced pancreatic cancer.
From the report:
She had dealt with undisclosed health issues that had kept her off stage in recent months. In March of 2018, she canceled a pair of scheduled concerts in due to what her management described as doctor’s orders. In subsequent months, she canceled scheduled performances in Boston and Toronto with management again saying that her doctors had told her to “stay off the road and rest completely.”
At one of her last public performances, in June 2017, she closed out a free concert in her hometown of Detroit with the message: “God bless you, God keep you, keep me in your prayers.”
Though Franklin was born to a Baptist minister in Memphis, her musical career started when she first began to sing in a church choir while growing up in Detroit. Franklin was a multi-generational icon primarily known for her impact on soul music, R&B, jazz, blues and she even sang gospel music. She was a singer-songwriter, a pianist, and truly an artist.
Franklin’s lengthy career was highly decorated with awards like being the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; she received the National Medal of Arts and The Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian honor.
The Queen of Soul is known for “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (1968), “Day Dreaming” (1972), “Jump to It” (1982), “Freeway of Love” (1985), and “A Rose Is Still A Rose,” (1998), as well as many other iconic hits.
Here’s more, from Fox News:
Franklin was born March 25, 1942 to Rev. C. L Franklin and his wife Barbara, but her parents split shortly after moving to Detroit when she was six. Her father was a popular preacher and she grew up with gospel greats like Albertina Walker and Mahalia Jackson visiting her home.
By 14, Franklin had released her first album, “Songs of Faith” and began touring on the gospel circuit until she became a teenage mother of two sons.
By 18, she had signed with Columbia Records and moved to New York, where her talents quickly brought her fame – and a title. In 1965, during a show, the M.C. gave her a crown and declared her the “Queen of Soul.”
Switching to the Atlantic label in 1967, Franklin’s second single was “Respect,” probably her most acclaimed work (the lyric “r-e-s-p-e-c-t, find out what it means to me” reportedly began as a Franklin ad-lib).
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