The Queen Left The Stage
Today one of the greatest soul singers left the world. At the age of 76, the queen lost the battle with pancreatic cancer and died in Detroit, Michigan, US.
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career as a child, singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father was a minister. In the 40’s and 50’s, C.L. Franklin was the most well-known preacher in the US.
Soul music is rooted in gospel, a genre that usually combines rhythm and blues with church music. It was very rare that a gospel singer would bounce back and forth in between gospel and pop so freely, but Aretha’s voice and authenticity have built a bridge and crossed it many times with grace.
The Queen of Soul left behind a plethora of exceptional performances. “Son of a Preacher Man”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Chain Of Fools”, “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)”; her own compositions “Think”, “Daydreaming” and “Call Me”; her definitive versions of “Respect” and “I Say A Little Prayer”; and global hits like “Freeway Of Love”, “Jump To It”, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”, her worldwide chart-topping duet with George Michael, and “A Rose Is Still A Rose.”
Our words are just noise, so we leave you in a company of a song you might know from Dusty Springfield’s interpretation.
Rest in peace, Aretha, and thank you for the music!