Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

That time Aretha Franklin swooped in and saved the Grammys

That time Aretha Franklin swooped in and saved the Grammys

Aretha Franklin, the preacher's daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" with such hit songs as "Respect" and "Chain of Fools", died on Thursday at the age of 76, officials said.

Gwendolyn Quinn said the singer died at her home in Detroit on Thursday morning where she was surrounded by friends and family.

US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to the family of, "a person I knew well - she worked for me on numerous occasions, she was terrific". "The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds", Franklin's family said.

Songs like "I Say A Little Prayer" and "Respect" later went on to make her a giant of American soul and pop music. 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. Franklin took soul music to a new level and inspired generations of singers who came after her.

She followed up the next year by writing "Think", another tune that railed against her abusive husband while reflecting larger problems in society. Throughout her career, Franklin won 18 Grammy Awards. "I will be recording, but this will be my a year ago in concert", she said. She spent the last few months of her life outside the public eye as she dealt with her declining health.

"I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance - a benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at St John The Divine Cathedral", he added.

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That artist behind the memorial is trying to keep a low profile, he said, in case MTA Transit Police aren't too happy with the Aretha Franklin artwork - which was just done in spray chalk, he assured, and is easily removable.

Through the influence of her parents and strict upbringing, Aretha's first encounter with music and the stage was in the church where she sang and led the choir at the least opportunity.

In February of 2017, Franklin announced that she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts. August 16 at 76 years old. I will always be grateful for her support of my father and the civil rights movement through the years. We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time. Her uniquely emotional and powerful voice would put her at the forefront of 1960s soul music along with Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett.

As she rose in popularity, Franklin did not abandon her sense of activism. Earlier this year, she canceled a pair of performances, including at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, on doctor's orders, according to Rolling Stone.

The roots of Franklin's life and music could be found in the church. The 1998 Grammys gave her a chance to demonstrate her range.

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