'Greatest vocalist I've ever known': Celebrities lead tributes to Aretha Franklin

17 August, 2018, 02:56 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Posed portrait of Aretha Franklin

Donald Trump, on the other hand, could not resist opening his remarks on the singer's death with a little self-promotion.

"I saw her here a couple times when she performed at the Apollo theater".

She was the "Queen of Soul" for half a century. and now Aretha Franklin has gone home. Aretha was a rising star in the R&B world but to reach the next level of stardom, she knew she had to shake things up.

For all the magnificence of her gifts, for all the glory of her life, there was a hurt in Aretha's singing that was profoundly human, even when she was reaching for the divine. Her June 1971 "homecoming" show "drove fans to near-hysteria", according to the theater.

Among her awards she counts 18 Grammy Awards in total. But the singer had performed at one of Trump's casinos and was photographed with him at the grand opening of New York's Trump worldwide hotel and tower in 1997. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 - the first female performer to ever receive the honour.

"Respect" was a sermon set to music, and it kicked off some of the best records of the sixties: "Do Right Woman", "I Never Loved a Man", "Think", "Natural Woman", "Baby I Love You", "Chain of Fools".

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"I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce", Franklin said in a statement issued by her publicist.

"America has no royalty".

Franklin had more than 20 U.S. number one hits over a career that spans back to 1952.

Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis to Rev. Clarence La Vaughn and Barbara Franklin, both of whom were also gospel singers.

In a statement from their office, the Obamas noted that "Aretha helped define the American experience".

In 2014, she released an album of covers from across the soul spectrum - not just Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U", but also Adele's "Rolling in the Deep". Her "30 Greatest Hits" album hit the No. 1 spot, replacing Nicki Minaj's new album, while "Respect" reached No. 2 on the songs' charts. She later received two honorary doctorates of music, from Berklee College of Music and Yale University.

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