By Andrea C. Fidelis
Aretha Franklin’s publicist confirms today the Queen of Soul, sadly died at 76 years of age. A statement read: ‘Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. The family added: ‘In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.
Aretha enjoyed an unrivalled career spanning more than 50 years as a singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. As an outstanding, talented artist she won no less than 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.
Aretha Franklin delighted audiences around the globe when she performed The Star Spangled Banner with Aaron Neville and Dr. John for Super Bowl XL, held in her hometown of Detroit in February 2006. She later made international headlines for performing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremony in 2008.
Tributes from around the world continue to flood social media. Notable twitter tributes today include:
“Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect,” the former president wrote. “May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.” Barack Obama
“We’ll miss you Queen”. #ArethaQueenForever Oprah Winfrey
‘One of America’s greatest national treasures. Hilary and Bill Clinton
I stand tall to pay my tribute to the family and fans of the legend around the world. Today we lost a strong woman with an angelic voice. A civil rights activist, humanitarian, unique voice and talent like no other. We want to thank Aretha Franklin for her numerous services to the world. She will forever be in our lives through her music. We hope fans across the world will join us to express tributes and favourite Aretha Franklin songs on social media. Ours include her cover: Bridge of Troubled Waters, and Hurts like Hell.
Top Ten Aretha Franklin Songs of All Time (in no particular order) (source to reference https://www.inquisitr.com/5031368/top-10-aretha-franklin-songs-of-all-time/)
1. “Respect” (1967)
2. “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You)” (1967)
3. “Chain of Fools” (1967)
4. “I Say Little Prayer” (1968)
5. “Think” (1968)
6. “To Be Young Gifted and Black” (1972)
7. “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (1968)
8. “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (1967)
9. “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” (1973)
10.”Day Dreaming” (1972)
RIP 25 March 25 1942 – 16 August 2018
Dr. Andrea Charles Fidelis writes from Kent, England via email@example.com
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