Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies

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But really, once she was there, and the mic was on and the camera was rolling, Ms. Franklin knew the drill.

Aretha was known for major hits such as Respect and I Say A Little Prayer, and had more than 20 U.S. number ones over the course of her career.

Beyonce is clearly keen to patch things up with Franklin after they fell out after the 2008 Grammy Awards when Bey introduced Tina Turner as The Queen of Soul, only mentioning legendary Franklin in passing.

Her top hits included "Respect", "I Never Loved a Man", "Chain of Fools", "Baby I Love You", "I Say a Little Prayer" and "The House That Jack Built", according to Billboard Magazine.

"Pop music today is rich with glorious gospel voices and women singers in the mold cast by Aretha", the late Wexler said in his autobiography.

She struggled to find fame in the early years, with record label Columbia unsure how to frame her impressively powerful voice.

Not long after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010, Franklin said she wasn't giving up because she believed in "miraculous healing". In 2017, she said she was planning on recording one more (as yet unreleased) album (with multiple tracks produced by Stevie Wonder), perform a select number of performances, then retire from music.

In 1980, she signed with Clive Davis' Arista Records and delivered a command performance at Albert Hall for Queen Elizabeth.

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It was after a move to Atlantic in 1966 she achieved wider success, with her first single with the new label, I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You), reaching number one on the R&B chart and the top ten in the United States pop chart. Sadly, she would have to sing at Dr. King's funeral, performing "Precious Lord, Take My Hand". "Prayer, love, desire, joy, despair, rapture, feminism, Black Power-it is hard to think of a performer who provided a deeper, more profound reflection of her times".

"Aretha Franklin's voice is one of the glories of American music", Jon Pareles wrote in the New York Times.

More tragedy followed when burglars shot her father in 1979. The sheer force of her emotion combined with the precision of her vocal technique meant that Franklin could reach almost everyone: In the wake of Dr. King's assassination, Time put her on its cover in June 1968; she was the first African-American woman to appear there. "And more in a general sense, from person-to-person — Im going to give you respect and Id like to have that respect back, or I expect respect to be given back". "And I've been hurt - hurt bad". Her father was famed preacher and civil rights activist C.L. Franklin. "I will miss her".

Personal problems and an ill-advised foray into disco made for a less successful 1970s, though she continued to perform extensively.

By the end of the 1960s she had gained the title "Queen of Soul". While updating the fiery vibe of Franklin's heyday, Zoomin' positioned the diva in that sweet spot between classic and contemporary. Her collaboration with George Michael, I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), reached Number 1 in 1987. As a result, Franklin received formative musical mentoring from stars such as Dinah Washington and Mahalia Jackson in addition to inheriting a strong commitment to social justice. In the '80s, she took on more of an elder-legend role, but she still had plenty of success. "I can wear some chitlins out", she confessed.

You only have to compare Otis Redding's original recording of Respect to Aretha's version to hear it. Amid rumours of infidelity, her parents separated in 1948 and her mother moved to Buffalo with a son from a previous relationship.

Bill Clinton wrote on Twitter, "Like people all around the world, Hillary and I are thinking about Aretha Franklin tonight & listening to her music that has been such an important part of our lives the last 50 years".

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