Obamas pay tribute to ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin

Ruben Ruiz
August 18, 2018

During her performance, President Barack Obama wiped a tear from his eye as Franklin sang.

"She's a baby, and they're trading stories with her and she's feeling their frequency and their vibration and they're teaching her music", he said.

The Queen of Soul's spokesperson released a statement to Express.co.uk on Thursday confirming Aretha had died. The image was created by graphic designer Milton Glaser.

Famed record producer Clive Davis also paid his respects to the Queen of Soul by tweeting out that she was "truly one of a kind" and "a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world". "You can just imagine a teenager receiving this magazine in November 1968, opening it up and this explosion of color comes out".

"She did incredible music, incredible singer", he continued.

Fans will be able to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin during a public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ET confirms. As is customary, King didn't know that Franklin would be there to honor her. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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"I had the biggest crush in the world on him the whole time, like forever", she said.

As a millennial woman and artist, it was inspiring to learn that Ms. Franklin was so unapologetically about her paper* (see: cheddar, dough, bread, chicken, coins, or moola).

When asked if she felt we, as a society, were moving forward, she said, "I think that we have come a very, very long way. I probably wouldn't be a singer if not for hearing Aretha sing", the ARIA Hall of Fame member said.

A snippet from a newspaper back in 1965 about Aretha Franklin coming to perform in Denver. "Thank you for everything, the melodies and the movements". She brought the improvisational emotion and chord changes of the black church into the pop mainstream, but to do so, she called on many more aspects of America's fantastically varied social and musical culture. "I just know she had on a green coat". She gave us the BLUE PRINT. She LAID THE FOUNDATION and her name was QUEEN ARETHA FRANKLIN. The song announced: "We're comin' out of the kitchen, "cause there's somethin' we forgot to say to you".

Aretha Franklin is being remembered as a "one-of-a-kind" singer, a civil rights activist and cultural legend unlike any other.

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