Watch the Aretha Franklin performance that brought Barack Obama to tears

Angelo Anderson
August 17, 2018

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, dubbed the "Queen of Soul", passed away this morning in Detroit.

When the death of Aretha Franklin was announced on Thursday morning, one United States president paid tribute to a voice that offered "a glimpse of the divine", in which Americans could feel "our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect". "We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", the network said in a statement.

Sometimes Franklin spoke, rather than sang, about her beliefs.

"As a daughter of the movement, she not only used her voice to entertain but to uplift and inspire generations through songs that have become anthems".

"She got up and she sang I believe, I think it was "Precious Lord", and a 15-year-old, I went 'Oh my God, '" Moore said.

Singer Annie Lennox called Franklin "simply peerless". She was the first female artist to be admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and had 88 Billboard chart hits during the rock era, more than any other female vocalist.

Gospel and soul singer Candi Staton, who traveled on the gospel circuit with Franklin during that decade when they were teens, recalled that her friend was a "gifted singer even as a young girl", though no one knew then all the hits that would follow with her unique voice. Franklin had been singing and recording for 10 years and was ready to make her statement. The hugely influential singer had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, according to her publicist.

She won 18 Grammy Awards and had global success with songs like "Respect", "Spanish Harlem" and "Natural Woman". "The greatest vocalist I've ever known", tweeted John Legend.

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The Detroit News later reported that she was in hospice care, as artists from across the musical spectrum offered well wishes to the singer who lived in Detroit - the Motor City, home of Motown - most of her life.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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