Was saddened to hear the news that Aretha Franklin has passed away moments ago at age 76 in her hometown of Detroit.
The iconic singer was known as the Queen of Soul and her career spanned seven decades. She won 18 Grammy awards and had a string of 20 number one R&B hits from 1967 to 1985. She sang at the inaugurations of three presidents, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W Bush in 2005.
And oh yes, out of the three versions of the theme song for the iconic TV show A Different World, my faveis Aretha’s version (sorry not sorry Boyz II Men)
In 1987 she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
She had announced her intention to retire last year and only perform at selected events Franklin had been ill in recent years from an undisclosed illness, and in the past week her health worsened to the point where she was reportedly in hospice care at her home
She is considered by music critics to undeniably be one of the greatest singers of all time, and she will be missed by her family, friends and her fans.
Rest in power and peace, Aretha. Our ancestors are waiting with open arms for you.