How Aretha Franklin turned ‘Respect’ into the anthem of a generation

Eloise Marshall
August 17, 2018

Aretha was known for major hits such as Respect and I Say A Little Prayer, and had more than 20 USA number ones over the course of her career.

'We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world.

"Thank you Aretha Franklin for getting me through tough days", Twitter user, Pablo, said.

"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul", the statement said.

The opera master was her friend, so when he fell ill at the last moment, Franklin stepped in to sing his most famous aria: Nussun Dorma. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2005.

She told Us Weekly: "I'm doing well generally, all test have come back good".

She was last seen performing in August 2017 at Elton John's AIDS Foundation Party, where Showbiz 411 claimed she was "fighting exhaustion and dehydration".

The Queen of Soul is notoriously private about her personal life.

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Aretha Franklin, known as the "Queen of Soul", has been remembered as an "inspiration", "a rare treasure" and "one of the all time greats" in the tributes that have poured in after her death. According to the Miami Herald, the singer recorded hits such as "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" and "Spirit in the Dark" at Criterion Studios, a North Miami recording studio now operating as the Hit Factory.

She performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and at the funeral for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

"She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever", he tweeted.

Interested in Aretha Franklin? From there, her career skyrocketed and she earned her title, "The Queen of Soul". Monday night, to a crowd of more than 40,000 people in Detroit, Beyonce fittingly dedicated her concert with husband Jay Z to the icon. "The world has less soul today than it has for the last 76 years".

A gifted pianist as well as singer, she was a self-taught child prodigy. She passed away in her home in Detroit due to pancreatic cancer.

Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section member David Hood calls Franklin's death a bad loss for the music industry.

You can get a glimpse of Franklin at her best in the clips below. She rose to prominence in large part from the 1967 smash hit "Respect", a cover of Otis Redding's song from two years earlier that achieved much greater popularity than the original. Hall followed her husband to try and smooth things over, but only made it worse.

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