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A Legend is Lost. The World Mourns The Passing of Aretha Franklin.

Aretha Franklin

A Legend is Lost. The World Mourns The Passing of Aretha Franklin.

On March 25th, 1942 the world was presented with a young lady by the name of Aretha Louise Franklin. As years passed she became a name and a role model in the music industry, as she defined and embodied the genre that is, Soul. Over time songs such as “Think”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, and her version of Otis Redding’s “Respect” laid ground for this incredible woman to be given the title of the ‘Queen of Soul’. Over the span of her career Ms. Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has had over 100 singles in the Billboard charts, and acquired 18 Grammy Awards along the way.


Thursday August 16th, 2018 Ms. Franklin lost her battle to pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 76. In her passing, social media lit up with nods, tributes, and memories of Aretha and how her music has impacted each person. From celebrities such as Paul McCartney and John Legend to political figures like Hillary Clinton and even NASA who marked her memory by naming a newly discovered star after her, they all mentioned how much of an inspiration she was to them. Even former President Barack Obama mentioned that she “helped define the American experience” in a recent tweet. You may recall that Ms. Franklin performed at his inauguration in 2009. Before that she had even sang at the pre-inauguration of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and even the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, proving her powerful voice touched many and continues to echo throughout the universe even in her passing.

The voice that touched millions continues to live on through her music and will forever be an inspiration to musicians across many genres. Ms. Franklin was a beacon of strength and genuine talent that added light to the world, light that the world needed and still needs today. She left her mark on the sound of pop music, jazz, R&B, gospel and of course soul and will never be forgotten.

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