Aretha Franklin “Queen Of Soul” Dead At 76
It was reported a few days ago that the singer was gravely ill surrounded by family in Detroit and that she had been battling cancer since 2010.
Roger Freidmann of Showbiz 411 Column, said: “Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her. She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin.”But her legacy is larger than life. It’s not just that Rolling Stone called her the number 1 singer of all time, or that she is the Queen of Soul. Long live the Queen.”
Franklin had told Us Weekly in a statement: “I’ve lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight … Thanxxxx for your concern.”
Since the late 50’s she released over 40 albums and just as many compilation projects as well as over 130 singles – 43 were Top 40 hits. Her biggest hit and her signature song was 1967’s “Respect” written by Otis Redding. It reached #1. She also went to the top of the charts with “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” with George Michael in 1987. She was known for many top 10 hits like, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” “Baby I Love You,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,””Spanish Harlem,””Rock Steady,””Day Dreaming,””Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do),””Freeway of Love”
Franklin won over 20 Grammy awards and sold over 75 million records
She announced her retirement, “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now. I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.” – by John Beaudin
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