Aretha Franklin: sublime soul diva whose voice inspired the civil rights movement

Aretha Franklin signing her record contract with Atlantic Records in 1966 alongside her husband and manager Ted White and Jerry Wexler

In 2010, she suffered serious health problems, but continued to perform until previous year, her last public performance in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.

Aretha Franklin was a lot of things: genius, activist, diva, beauty, legend, and the list goes on.

In 1987, Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But in all seriousness - this bears repeating: imagine [a woman] telling the boss, "If I don't get paid first, I'm not working..." and it actually HAPPEN!?

"She did incredible music, incredible singer", he continued.

Ms Franklin was surrounded by her friends and family at her home when she passed. "She touched every genre". However, something tells me she's got a mattress or TV stashed somewhere with thousands of dollars in it like Big Momma's house on Soul Food just waiting to inflate that $60M number.

Every once in a while, there is a music performance that takes your breath away. Her work with Wexler at Muscle Shoals during this period spawned many well-known hits such as Chain of Fools, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Respect, and I Say A Little Prayer.

"She told us to be spicy", Colon said.

- Russia Is Not Your Friend (@EthanObama) August 16, 2018Fox News commemorated Aretha Franklin this morning with an image of the Queen of Soul smiling combined with another smaller image of Patti LaBelle singing, presumably because they thought LaBelle was Franklin. Absolutely heartbroken she's gone, what a woman.

For those curious as to how former President of the United States Barack Obama handled the news of Franklin's passing, here's what he tweeted out: "Aretha helped define the American experience".

More of Franklin's final days is being learned from her ex-husband Actor Glynn Turman, who said his goodbye on Monday.

"Her great allegiance was to the Democratic Party", Ritz said. The song announced: "We're comin' out of the kitchen, "cause there's somethin' we forgot to say to you". Through gospel-influenced musical rearrangement, and her striking changes to melodic content, she effectively re-authored material written by others, asserting a sense of creative ownership through spirited and dynamic vocal performance. It wasn't easy for Grande to do, though, as TMZ also notes that she "broke down in tears" after leaving the stage.

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