Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

In Renton, nephew of Aretha Franklin remembers his famous aunt

In Renton, nephew of Aretha Franklin remembers his famous aunt

In addition to performing the song - during an episode of Nicki Minaj's Queen Radio show on Beats 1 on Apple Music - Keys remembered meeting Franklin and spoke about her legacy.

Fans of the superstar also gathered outside her childhood church in Detroit, Michigan to honour her passing.

Franklin influenced generations of female singers with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

- In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Amazingly, Franklin spent 57 of her 76 years in the spotlight - her debut pop record was recorded in 1960 and released in 1961, and she worked and toured until her retirement in 2017.

Over on Jimmy Kimmel Live, guest Don Cheadle revealed that he, too, received a phone call from Franklin, who reached out to tell him how much she enjoyed his performance in the 2015 Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead.

Sharpton, who was also on MSNBC with King, said his most endearing memory of her was from the 2016 jazz celebration at the White House.

"And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance". "She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry", the former U.S. president in a joint statement with his wife said".


Paul McCartney called Franklin an inspiration and "the Queen of our souls", while Diana Ross hailed her "wonderful golden spirit". The TV channel mixed up a photo of "Queen of Soul" Franklin with the "Godmother of Soul" Patti LaBelle.

Other hits include Day Dreaming (1972), Jump To It (1982), Freeway Of Love (1985), and A Rose Is Still A Rose (1998).

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W Bush. That same year, Detroit named a street after her. Aretha Franklin was raised singing gospel, was enraptured by the romanticism of the Great American Songbook, and felt the power of rhythm & blues in her bones - she always had ambition.

The famously strong-willed Franklin had been unwilling to yield to the ideas Columbia had for her image and marketability, so after years of lackluster efforts she moved on to Atlantic Records.


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