Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Auckland sings along to Aretha Franklin

Auckland sings along to Aretha Franklin

Soaking in all these influences, Franklin learned to play piano by ear and by age 10 was singing solos for her father's congregation at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.

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.

Checkpoint's Zac Fleming took to the streets of central Auckland to find out just how loved she is by all generations and how many knew about the prolific "Queen of Soul". Her voice and charisma forever changed the way we listen to music.

"I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin", said Motown legend Diana Ross, while former Beatle Paul McCartney‏ called her "the Queen of our souls".

Franklin never at any point in her career lost the ability to give incandescent concert performances, but that's not to say that you could rely on her - her shows could be unpredictably listless or disorganized or sullen.

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- Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee.

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

Also, Barack Obama on Thursday in a statement praised "Queen of Soul" for her "unmatched musicianship" which he said "helped define the American experience". Her gifts, natural and acquired, were a multi-octave mezzo-soprano, gospel passion and training worthy of a preacher's daughter, taste sophisticated and eccentric, and the courage to channel private pain into liberating song.

Other hits include Day Dreaming (1972), Jump To It (1982), Freeway Of Love (1985), and A Rose Is Still A Rose (1998). "I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now", she told Detroit Local 4 reporter Evrod Cassimy.

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W. Bush.

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