Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16th, 2018 at age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Her name was nearly always followed by” The Queen of Soul”, a regal title she earned and represented throughout her legendary career. Her voice and ability to connect with audiences have left an indelible mark on the world.
She was the daughter of a Baptist preacher and developed her gift singing in the church choir. She was recognized for not only her multi octave vocal range, but her ability to convey emotions through her singing. She blended the emotive delivery of the gospel style with rhythm and blues in her hits, “Respect”, “Natural Woman”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, “Who’s Zooming Who” and “Freeway of Love”. Over her nearly 60 year career, shehas been awarded numerous accolades including 18 Grammy Awards.