Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Aretha Franklin Reportedly Declined Singing At Trump’s Inauguration

Aretha Franklin Reportedly Declined Singing At Trump’s Inauguration

Aretha Franklin performs at McDonald's Gospelfest in NY in 2005.

Franklin would later say she meant to convey a message about respect that was broader than any one movement.

The Detroit Free Press - her hometown newspaper - bid "Farewell to our Queen".

Aretha Franklin with her 1975 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. That is the way her voice, her music, and her meaning gave meaning to my life, providing even in the most parched and deadening moments the narrative of rhythm, syncopation, movement, and song that helped me make sense of what was happening to me and celebrate my detachment from it.

Franklin drew much more notice for her performance at Obama's first inauguration in 2009, when he was sworn into office as the first black president and she sang My Country, 'Tis of Thee on the steps of the Capitol.

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Recording at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, working in partnership with Atlantic co-owner and producer Jerry Wexler and the legendary Muscle Shoals rhythm section, Franklin's debut for Atlantic, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, was certified gold in the same year of its release.

Bette Midler described her as "a musical lighthouse" on social media and said "the greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled" with her death.

After Trump's somewhat tone-deaf tribute, people were appreciating the heartwarming messages made by both Hilary and Bill Clinton and by former president Barack Obama who held a close friendship with Aretha. As is customary, King didn't know that Franklin would be there to honor her. Franklin changed the song's meaning, radically, just by singing it in her own, inimitable voice.

Australian singer Renee Geyer was enormously influenced by Franklin from a young age and spoke about her passing on ABC radio. "You don't try to denigrate her legacy by saying, 'she worked for me on numerous occasions.' This queen worked for nobody but her loving fans".

"I knew "Respect" from Otis Redding, but when I heard her sing it, it was like hearing a whole new song". "She said that she wanted to be known as a good mother, but she was a good mother to not only just her four sons, but to so many people around the world, like me". The TV channel mixed up a photo of "Queen of Soul" Franklin with the "Godmother of Soul" Patti LaBelle.

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