Aretha Franklin dead: Queen of Soul dies aged 76 after cancer battle

Mon 13 August Liam Gallagher stops gig to berate security Related to this event

Mon 13 August Liam Gallagher stops gig to berate security Related to this event

She was an icon, and her comebacks were always stunners - from an appearance in a "Blues Brothers" movie, to s a splash landing at Clive Davis' Arista Records with the 1985 album "Who's Zoomin' Who?" which had us all riding on a "Freeway of Love". As Franklin put it in her autobiography, she "Aretha-ized" the music. "That wouldn't be good either", she added. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family." the family said in a statement. "It's one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, lose the weight and the cigarettes", she told Jet in 2007.

Beyonce and Jay Z dedicated their OTR II show in Detroit last night to Aretha Franklin.

Franklin worked with Houston's mother, Cissy, on studio projects, and a bond formed soon afterward.

Franklin was also recognized by more than one commanders in chief.

Franklin, who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think, ' "I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect", announced her retirement from touring a year ago". Despite the fact that she had a child when she was just 14, and then another at age 15, the record labels came calling.

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In February of 2017, Franklin announced that she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts.

It was after a move to Atlantic in 1966 she achieved wider success, with her first single with the new label, I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You), reaching number one on the R&B chart and the top ten in the United States pop chart.

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She recorded "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", an album that included "Respect", an enduring song people immediately think of when they think of Franklin. She said last February, "This will be my past year".

Franklin's second marriage was in 1978 to actor Glynn Turman, but the union ended in 1984.

The 1980s were a period beset with family tragedy. Her father was a popular preacher and she grew up with gospel greats like Albertina Walker and Mahalia Jackson visiting her home. Franklin won 18 Grammy awards.

Franklin had one more trick up her sleeve, bringing down the house at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors when she performed "Natural Woman" with songwriter Carole King and President Obama in attendance.

Two years later, she maintained her reputation, in the United Kingdom especially, with the George Michael duet I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) - probably her biggest worldwide hit.

Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul" whose recordings of such classics as "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" made her the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died Thursday of advanced pancreatic cancer.

By mid-decade, Franklin racked up several strong entries on the R&B singles and album charts, but failed to achieve even one major pop crossover during her six years at Columbia. In the '80s, she took on more of an elder-legend role, but she still had plenty of success. "She had class", Franklin said about Houston in a Rolling Stone article weeks after Houston's 2012 death. She created a uniquely emotional and powerful voice that put her at the forefront of 1960s soul music along with Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett.

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