Her Majesty “THE QUEEN OF SOUL” died at 76

Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister.

In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but achieving only modest success.


After signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect“, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman“, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think“.


By the end of the 1960s she was being called “the Queen of Soul“.

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Posted on 08/16/2018, in music, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. One of my favorite songs by Aretha is “Bridge over Troubled Waters”

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  2. I heard she was really sick a day or two ago, but I never expected that it lead to this. RIP, Aretha.

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  3. Dear Xena,

    I admired her so, not just for her awesome talent but for the person she was. The second you heard her voice, you knew who was in charge of that song.

    Remember that little Johanna girl who channeled Aretha Franklin’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T at a dance recital. You had forwarded the video to me and I am using it in my blog.

    I’ve been playing Aretha music all day, today.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Oh Gronda YES! I remember that. At one time I had a double CD set of Aretha’s songs, but it was stolen at a wedding reception that I attended and provided the music. 😦 I pulled up a video channel on cable today and played her music videos. You are so right, the second you heard her voice, you knew it was her.

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  4. The world has lost a legend that can not be replaced. I hope she riding in her Pink Cadillac. 🙂

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  5. Beautiful memorial post to a great artiste.

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    • Roach,
      Last night I heard Aretha sing “Amazing Grace” and those at my house left out because they didn’t want to run into furniture doing the Holy Ghost dance. 🙂

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