What is most remarkable about Franklin's rise to fame is that she, an African-American woman living in the 1960s United States, faced more than a mountain of conflict and disinterest on her rise to the top, but it barely slowed her down. "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds", the statement said. "The world is poorer for her not being here", he said.
A celebration of her life will take place for multiple days in Detroit, her hometown where she died Thursday after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. Franklin's genius strategy was to seem as though she might be on the verge of losing control of her performance, while maintaining impeccable command.
Most people have been expressing their sadness that Franklin is gone, and their gratefulness for her music - but Donald Trump's remarks on her death have been causing quite a stir. What made this record. He visited her in a room where she was getting ready, and she looked at him and said, "Rev. Al, it don't get better than that, Aretha getting her hair done in the White House with a black president! She worked for me on numerous occasions". It was a cover of an Otis Redding single previously released in 1965, but Franklin's delivery transformed it - from a desperate man pleading with his partner to a confident woman demanding equal footing in her relationship.
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Her recording success continued across the 70s, with 1972's Young, Gifted and Black and 1976's Sparkle both achieving Gold stats.