Social media awash with tributes for 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

Bessie Dean
August 17, 2018

Aretha Franklin passed away at her home in Detroit on Thursday, and the world not only lost the Queen of Soul, but a shade queen as well.

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

Her most identifiable hit "Respect" only scratches the surface of her unending relevance.

Franklin also received worldwide acclaim for her memorable 2006 Thanksgiving Day performance before the Lions played the Minnesota Vikings.

"For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls", he said, adding that she was "elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry". Her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin, was a famous preacher whose sermons were played on radio and records.

In New York City, fans turned the Franklin Street subway stop into a memorial for the icon.

As news broke of her failing health, celebrities including Ciara, Missy Elliott and Mariah Carey tweeted that they were praying for her. "We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", the network said in a statement. Over her career, Aretha placed more than 100 songs on the Billboard R&B charts, the last in 2014.

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Rhythm and blues singer Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Clinton in Washington on January 19, 1993. She had a four-octave vocal range and was a self-taught pianist, who learned without knowing how to read music. She told Elle her contract in the 1960s included the clause that she would never perform for a segregated audience.

The Queen of Soul didn't just limit herself to baseball, though.

Beatles legend Paul McCartney said: 'She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. "We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time".

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

We here at Clevver also want to send our honest condolences to Aretha's Franklin, and thank the Queen of Soul for giving us some of the most powerful anthems of our lives.

She would also sing the anthem before Game 3 of the 2011 American League Championship Series, which was between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers.

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