'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin Dies at 76

"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".

Carpenter said Franklin, a lifelong Baptist whose mother and sisters were gospel singers, continued to represent her church roots on stage and on some of her secular albums for decades after that, and influenced artists in genres stretching from R&B to country.

Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. "It's one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, lose the weight and the cigarettes", she told Jet in 2007.

"She will be missed!" he tweeted of the legendary singer.

"For more than six decades. every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine". In 2010, after she canceled several concerts, there were reports that Franklin had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but she denied it.

"Iconic composer and singer-songwriter Carole King, who was one of the writers for Franklin's hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", also expressed her admiration for the late singer.

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"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. "Thank you for your compassion and prayers".

Fans began to reminisce about the times she dazzled spectators with her renditions of the national anthem. She also had a seven-year relationship with her road manager, Ken Cunningham. "She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry", the former first couple said.

The multi-time Grammy Award victor performed a rousing rendition of "America the Beautiful" at WrestleMania III and again at WrestleMania 23.

The Queen of Soul remained a prominent face - and voice - for African American civil rights throughout her life.

Franklin's stunning vocal chops immediately garnered rave reviews - but it took years of hard work to achieve the commercial success she longed for.

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