Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul,' Dead at 76

Doug Mendoza
August 17, 2018

In a statement to EW, Fox News executive Jessica Santostefano explained the error. But she also had a firm place in American history.

That artist behind the memorial is trying to keep a low profile, he said, in case MTA Transit Police aren't too happy with the Aretha Franklin artwork - which was just done in spray chalk, he assured, and is easily removable.

But the Obamas' statement focused on Franklin's importance to Americans.

Franklin is one of the most celebrated and highest-selling recording artists of all-time.

Her parents separated in 1948, and contrary to popular belief, Barbara Frankin stayed very close to her children until her death in 1952.

The two Blues Brothers films marked Franklin's only big-screen performances - but that was more than enough to cement her cinematic legacy.

The singer was born on 25 March, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, but it was Detroit that became her home.

Calling it one of the darkest moments of their lives, Franklin's family said they were unable to find the appropriate words to express the pain in their hearts. "We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends". Thank you for your compassion and prayers.

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Franklin was back on the charts with the 1985 album, Who's Zoomin' Who?, featuring the hit single "Freeway of Love", and her 1986 duet with singer George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)", hit No. 1. "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time".

The publicist for Franklin confirmed that she had died on Thursday at her home in Detroit.

Her records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough.

Celebrities and well-wishers around the world took to social media to mourn the legendary singer... John Legend, Barbra Streisand and The Clintons were among the first to share touching notes about Franklin.

"It's hard to conceive of a world without her. She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry", the former first couple said. As compared to many other musicians whose fame and success diminish as they grow older, many music critiques, producers and magazines have described her as a powerhouse whose dominance heightens as the years go by.

"It's the sheer power of her voice and the unique phrasing that distinguish her from her peers".

Her performance floored the audience, and become an worldwide sensation. "I'm feeling wonderful, I'm feeling great and I couldn't be feeling any better than I'm feeling right now", she assured Williams without getting into specifics.

Aretha released this traditional hymn on the second disc of her 1972 album, Amazing Grace. Robert Kennedy. In 2010, she won a Grammy for "You've Got a Friend", recorded with Ronald Isley. But God bless her because she probably has her own great reasons why she feels it's time for her to retire. Patti and I are cool and we always have been.

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