This music video from the USA says about itself:
Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer: her very best performance!
Aretha Franklin performs “I Say A Little Prayer”, October 9, 1970.
By Nina Golgowski in the USA today:
Aretha Franklin, The ‘Queen Of Soul,’ Dies At 76
The Detroit singer is best known for R&B hits like “Respect” and “Think.”
Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” whose powerhouse vocal cords revolutionized American music and made her one of the top-selling female musicians of all time, has died at age 76, her publicist told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The cause of death was advanced pancreatic cancer, her oncologist confirmed to the AP.
“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. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family,” Franklin’s family said in a statement.
Her Top 10 hits included ”(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Think,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Chain of Fools,” and most famously her signature rendition of Otis Redding’s “Respect,” which became a rallying cry for strong, independent women and black empowerment during the civil rights era. …
In later years, the Franklins became close to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., with C.L. [Aretha’s father] helping to spearhead civil rights demonstrations, including Detroit’s Freedom March in 1963. …
Franklin is survived by her four sons ― Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Ted White Jr. and Kecalf Cunningham ― and several grandchildren.
FOX FLUBS ARETHA’S DEATH Fox News honored the life and career of the late Aretha Franklin with an image of singer Patti LaBelle. Rupert Murdoch’s outfit then flubbed the apology by lying about the mixup. [HuffPost]