Aretha Franklin's bass player: She was a great person

Cristina Cross
August 17, 2018

Soul singer Aretha Franklin has died aged 76, her publicist has said. The iconic singer - known for hits like "Respect" - passed away at her Detroit home after a battle with cancer.

"Let's all take a moment to give thanks for the handsome life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years", Beatles legend Paul McCartney tweeted.

"We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world", the statement continues.

Many may not know it but the Queen of Soul's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" was her first hit record.

"In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade- our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect". "There were times that we were asked to go to the back of the restaurant - say - or we couldn't use the bathrooms".

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With a powerful voice and collection of hits, singer Aretha Franklin's legacy will last long beyond her 76 years.

In 2005, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush, when she was saluted for "capturing the hearts of millions of Americans".

The Faith singer also said of his beloved friend: 'I was nervous. But out of all the songs she recorded, "Respect", her demand for dignity, became her signature song that is still played in living rooms and at political protests today.

She sang at the inaugurations of presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

"She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us for ever".

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"I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin", disco and soul star Diana Ross tweeted.

Annie Lennox added: "As the One and Only "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin was simply peerless". She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004.

That artist behind the memorial is trying to keep a low profile, he said, in case MTA Transit Police aren't too happy with the Aretha Franklin artwork - which was just done in spray chalk, he assured, and is easily removable.

LaBelle herself shared her condolences after Franklin's death. All further announcements will be made by her family. In 2010, after she canceled several concerts, there were reports that Franklin had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but she denied it.

Twenty years ago at Radio City Music Hall, the Queen of Soul turned into the Queen of Opera when she came to the rescue of the show as a last-minute substitute for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti on the Puccini aria "Nessun dorma".

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