Aretha Franklin has passed the age of 76 and is bona fide American icon that was a legendary singer with no peer. The world news reacts.
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She was born in Detroit and as a kid saw the civil rights movement by being alongside American icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who her father was a fundraiser for. She was crowned The Queen of Soul during the same time James Brown was crowned Soul Brother #1. It may be hard for today’s generation that listens to hip hop and a different version of rhythm and blues to Franklin’s hey day, but her legend paved the way for the artists who deliver today’s music.Her nickname “The Queen Of Soul” was given to her by Pervis Spann “The Blues Man”. Ironically his birthday happens to be today and he is 86 years young. He is also the founder of radio station AM 1690 WVON Chicago. WVON is the only black owned talk radio station in the entire country and it is on iHeart radio.
She was Luther Vandross’ greatest vocal influence and you could hear her in everybody from Natalie Cole to Ledisi onwards. Below is a video with Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Minnie Riperton at the 1976 American Music Awards.
The amount of talent in this short clip is nothing short of amazing. The Queen of Soul, The King of Pop and amazingly talented artist in Minnie Riperton, who would become a big influence on a feature legend in Mariah Carey. She sang gospel, the blues, jazz, R&B, soul, pop and did them all better than most.