THE WHOLE WORLD IS CURRENTLY IN A STATE OF MOURNING AS IT GRIEVES FOR THE LOSS OF AN ICON- THE QUEEN OF SOUL, ARETHA FRANKLIN.
I certainly wasn’t born when she was at the peak of her career but my generation was certainly shaped by many of her classics. Her songs spurred movements, shaped mind sets, reinvented pop culture and so much more.
Aretha was born on the 25th of March 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. Popularly known as the queen of soul, she sold over 75 million records in her lifetime, won 18 Grammy awards, and had 77 entries in the US Billboard Hot 100 and 20 No 1 singles on the R&B chart- the guardian reports.
Interestingly, a number of her songs are being re-sung by many new age artists. For example, if you never heard Aretha’s I will survive, R.E.S.P.E.C.T, You make me feel like a natural woman, Until you come back to me, I say a little prayer, you better prostrate and call me “uncle” when you see me, I’m not your mate.
Aretha Franklin being the first female inducted into the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame was certainly blessed with the voice of a thousand angels as her voice was unique and unequivocally heavenly. Her songs are her gift to the world and she surely will be missed.
She died at age 76 on the 16th of August 2018 as she was diagnosed of advanced pancreatic cancer. She was survived by her four sons; Clarence, Edward, Ted and Kecalf.
This certainly has been a heartfelt read, right? Well, just before you move on to read another one of our articles, here is Aretha Franklin's cover of Adele's Rolling in the deep, for your listening pleasure.