Singer Aretha Franklin, RIP

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.

More Aretha Franklin music videos are here. And here.

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]

5 thoughts on “Singer Aretha Franklin, RIP

  1. “QUEEN of soul” Aretha Franklin has died today, prompting a flood of tributes to the iconic black singer.

    A statement from the artist’s family said she died from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

    Ms Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and is known for hits including (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Say a Little Prayer and Respect, having learned to sing gospel at her father’s church.

    She was also a prominent supporter of the civil rights movement and friend of Martin Luther King Jr who performed at his memorial in 2011. She also sang at Rosa Parks’s funeral as well as at the inaugurations of two US presidents.

    In 1970 Jet magazine reported her determination to post bail for communist revolutionary Angela Davis, then held in jail on charges, on which she was later acquitted, of having assisted an attempted courtroom breakout by George Jackson and the Soledad Brothers.

    Ms Franklin said she was “ready to go Angela Davis’s bond, ‘whether it’s $100,000 or $250,000’,” Jet reported.

    “Angela Davis must go free. Black people will be free,” the singer said. “I’ve been locked up and I know you got to disturb the peace when you can’t get no peace.

    “She’s a black woman and she wants freedom for black people. I have the money, I got it from black people and I want to use it in ways that will help our people.”


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