Choking back tears, Don Lemon remembers the life of Aretha Franklin

17 Agosto, 2018, 10:15 | Author: Gregg Anderson

Her father was a church minister and her mother a prolific pianist and gospel singer. According to the Miami Herald, the singer recorded hits such as "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" and "Spirit in the Dark" at Criterion Studios, a North Miami recording studio now operating as the Hit Factory. Franklin won 18 Grammy awards. She made worldwide headlines in 2008, when she sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" during President Barack Obama's inauguration.

The death of 76-year-old music icon Aretha Franklin has prompted figures across the spectrum, from politics to pop, to pay homage to her tremendous influence on American culture.

The cultural icon, whose 1967 signature song, "Respect", became a rallying cry for the USA civil rights movement, passed away in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday morning after battling advanced pancreatic cancer.

The faded photo appeared during an "America's Newsroom" segment with hosts Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith, who were in the midst of lauding Franklin's legacy. A 2012 review in the Orange County Register said "she can still bring it, her voice barely diminished, still bristling with power and authority".

"The greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled". When she does that time at the Fillmore West, she's singing basically hippy rock music to an audience of hippies.

"Thank you Aretha Franklin for getting me through tough days", Twitter user, Pablo, said. "She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry", the former first couple said.

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Aretha Franklin singing Nessun Dorma at The Grammys in 1998. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. "The liberation and abandon she has always implied in her greatest moments are now fully and consistently achieved".

Clara Ward, of the Ward Singers, and Mahalia Jackson were among Franklin's mentors. In September of that same year, her song "Today, I sing the Blues" was released immediately topping charts. "It certainly has sustained me to this day".

Earlier, in 2013, she told The Associated Press that her healing from an undisclosed condition was considered "absolutely miraculous" after she had been ill for several months.

She sang and lived with soul and style. "And Smokey said, 'Well, they just don't know who your healer is'".

Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. "We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", Jessica Santostefano, Vice President, Media Desk at Fox News explained. She swept away her first two Grammy awards in 1968 and was awarded the Drum Beat Award for Musicians, a distinction that is very dear to Aretha till date because it was given to her by her good friend Martin Luther King just two months before he died. "It's one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, lose the weight and the cigarettes", she told Jet in 2007.

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