Aretha Franklin has been called the Queen of Soul and one of the most influential musicians of her time. For the last few years, Franklin has suffered from health problems, and on August 16, the singer passed away at her home in Detroit at the age of 76.
As “Guardian Liberty Voice” reported previously, the singer had been receiving hospice care in her home. According to “The Washington Post” the singer’s representative, Gwendolyn Quinn, made an announcement about her death, sharing that the cause was pancreatic cancer.
Over the years, Aretha Franklin proved herself to be one of the most successful and influential singers in American history, with 18 Grammy awards and multiple Top 40 hits. In the later part of the 1960s and into the mid-1970s, Franklin proved that she was a force to be reckoned with as she combined gospel music with the sultry sounds of R&B.
With a father who was a minister in a Baptist church, it is unsurprising that Franklin would stick to her roots and incorporate gospel into her musical career. Over the years, the singer impressed the world with her vocal abilities and impressive range. Not only did she prove herself to be the queen of soul anthems, but she also became a visible symbol of both women’s liberation, as well as black pride and empowerment.
One of her best known songs that speaks to her being symbolic of women and their liberation is none other than Respect, which was such a smash hit that even two decades after it was released, Jerry Wexler, the producer on the song called it “a tidal wave of sororal unity,” whenever women hear the song.
With the loss of Aretha Franklin, the world has lost more than the Queen of Soul. They have also lost a vibrant symbol with the voice of an angel.
Written by Kimberley Spinney
Guardian Liberty Voice – Aretha Franklin Under Hospice Care at Home
The Washington Post – Aretha Franklin, music’s ‘Queen of Soul,’ dies at 76
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