“Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many, many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love, Paul (McCartney).”
A Brief One from Doug Draper
Posted August 16th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
“What earmarks a musical legend?
“For Aretha Franklin, the answer is a truckload of accolades, including a stack of gold and platinum singles and albums and an armful of Grammy awards, within a colourful influential career that has spanned decades.
“But Aretha – one of the few artists in pop music history who earned international first-name status with no self-proclamation whatsoever – is not a musical l legend simply because of the hits. No she’s the undisputed “Queen of Soul” because, more than any other pop singer in the 20th century, her voice … quite simply personifies modern American soul music as we know it.”
These introductory words from the liner notes of one of the many compilations of Aretha Franklin’s hits put it well. But no words I’ve ever read can match that voice that was a soundtrack for civil rights, for love and peace, for respect, and for the free spirit and soul in us.
Aretha Franklin – the undisputed “Queen of Soul”, died this Thursday morning, August 16th, 2018, at her home in Detroit, Michigan after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76. Continue reading