In Renton, nephew of Aretha Franklin remembers his famous aunt

19 August, 2018, 00:27 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Aretha Franklin

"More than once, I've met a hero of mine, but nothing compared to getting to know Aretha Franklin - Ms. Franklin".

Her funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple, a spokeswoman for the church confirmed to AFP, with the date and final arrangements still being worked out.

The world is mourning the loss of Aretha Franklin. But while Sam Cooke and Ray Charles made the jump before her, "When Aretha's vocals got unleashed, they believed that God was everywhere".

Other than Respect, her powerful cover of the Otis Redding tune that became a feminist anthem and her calling card, Franklin had dozens of Top 40 singles, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Some of my greatest songs were inspired by hers that I loved". On Facebook yesterday Anu thanked Franklin for "sharing your gifts with the world" and described the Queen of Soul's music as "the soundtrack to my life".

Franklin was also active in the US civil rights movement and sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr. In this encore presentation, Urban One founder Cathy Hughes talks with the Queen of Soul about her life and journey throughout her incredible career. "Aretha was all that, she also very spiritual", said Gaddis.


Turman recalled some of the good memories with his former wife that he remained close with until her death on Thursday, but also said she was known to be stubborn.

"For such a person who commanded kings and queens", Foster Siggers said, "we were at her house". Grande sang one of Franklin's most famous hits "Natural Woman" with the show's house band The Roots.

Grande said Franklin had called her because she wanted the young singer to listen to music by Franklin's nephew or grandson. But the singer had performed at one of Trump's casinos and was photographed with him at the grand opening of New York's Trump International Hotel and Tower in 1997. The "Bed" artist's performance was so emotional that it led her to tears.

Then Santostefano continued: "Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret", she said. Two years ago, Franklin serenaded donors to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in a suburb of Detroit.

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