Aretha Franklin tribute this weekend at Detroit's Motown Museum

Lewis Collier
August 17, 2018

LaBelle, who had a famously rocky relationship with Franklin, had paid her own respect to the Queen of Soul earlier. She died in her Detroit home this morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

That same year, Aretha serenaded Swift, who really was not worthy. Producer Jerry Wexler had the good sense to put her voice and piano at the center of a kicking Southern rhythm section, stand back and let her be.

That's because Moore says Franklin channeled her pain into her music.

"American history wells up when Aretha sings", he told the publication in 2016. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. "She took you to church even if she was singing about a no-good man". Her father was a Baptist preacher and civil rights activist, and her mother was a gospel singer. Her songs would become their anthems.

Singer Annie Lennox called Franklin "simply peerless". "The liberation and abandon she has always implied in her greatest moments are now fully and consistently achieved".

Clara Ward, of the Ward Singers, and Mahalia Jackson were among Franklin's mentors.

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The first time Moore saw Franklin was in Miami, when he went to a service to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"She will be missed!" he tweeted of the legendary singer.

The Detroit Lions were among the first organizations to release a statement on Franklin's death.

Her Baptist minister father was the organiser behind the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom - the largest-ever demonstration for civil rights in the USA until the March on Washington later that year, when the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr made his "I have a dream" speech. "And Smokey said, 'Well, they just don't know who your healer is'".

Franklin's fans flooded social media with tributes, many describing the effect her music had on their lives.

Over the years, Franklin received 18 Grammy Awards and sold tens of millions of records. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the film "Bobby", which was about the 1968 assassination of U.S. Sen. The hugely influential singer had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, according to her publicist.

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