Aretha Franklin: The sound of the civil rights movement

Posed portrait of Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul, has died Thursday at the age of 76, according to her publicist. But we do have a chance to earn something more enduring.

"During a tribute to Carole King, one of the evening's award recipients, Franklin brought down the house with a powerful rendition of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

"When Aretha Franklin sat at the piano and sang the blues, the audience at the Village Vanguard erupted into applause", Billboard wrote in a review of her debut NY performance.

"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul".

The iconic singer - known for hits like "Respect" - passed away at her Detroit home after a battle with cancer. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", he said.

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.

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This shot from January 1993 sees her joined by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross as they celebrate the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. She begins her solo with "The moment I wake up/Before I put on my makeup/I say a little" before backup singers chime in with "prayer for you".

"The gal singer, who as had one single disk so far on the Columbia label has a fine strong voice that bears emotional fruit when it is channeled into the material she knows and feels best". "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time", the statement concluded. Robert Kennedy. In 2010, she won a Grammy for "You've Got a Friend", recorded with Ronald Isley.

Barbra Streisand shared a photo of her and Franklin from 2012, tweeting: "It's hard to conceive of a world without her". In 1972, her album Amazing Grace highlighted her gospel background.

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

"The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965" (2002): Highlights from her underrated jazz and big-band recordings before she became a national star. "Our hearts go out to her family and her countless fans".

Minutes after news of Franklin's death, tributes from fellow celebrities and public figures poured in.

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