Aretha Louise Franklin formerly known as the Queen of Soul was an American singer, pianist, and songwriter. She was born on March 25, 1942, at Memphis, Tennessee United States to Barbara and Clarence LaVaughn Franklin and at the age of 76 on August 16, 2018, she died due to poor health. She died at her home in Detroit with the family at her bedside. Aretha Louise Franklin was battling with pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type which took her life, this official cause of death was confirmed by Dr. Phillip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute who was Aretha’s oncologist.
The American singer started her career as a child singing gospel at a Church in Detroit, Michigan. Her father C.L. Franklin was the minister at the church where she used to sing gospel while Aretha’s mother was an accomplished piano player as well as vocalist.
When Aretha was two years old, her family relocated to Buffalo, New York but before her fifth birthday, the whole family permanently relocated to Detroit, Michigan. In the year 1948, the happy family was divided because of some stories of her father’s extramarital affairs and Aretha was left with her father. The divorce of the parents did not affect the bond of a mother and daughter as her mother did not abandon her children after being separated.
According to some interviews given by Aretha Louise Franklin, she has told paparazzi that she used to see her mother in Buffalo during summer vacations and also her mother used to frequently visit them in Detroit.
Her mother died when Aretha was only 9 years old due to the heart attack on March 7, 1952. After this unfortunate incident, Aretha’s father devoted himself to sermons which made him a celebrity. Gospel musician Clara Ward became a good friend of Aretha’s father as well as served as a role model to her.
In the year 1952, after the death of her mother, she started singing solos at the church named New Bethel. Her debut hymn at the church was “Jesus, Be a Fence Around Me”, when she turned 12, her father started taking her with him on his gospel caravan tours which gave an opportunity to Aretha for singing in various churches.
In the year 1956, Aretha Louise Franklin signed her first recording deal with J.V.B. Records in which her father helped her and released her first album named “Songs of Faith”. At the age of 18, Aretha moved to New York city after telling her father about her dream of following Sam Cooke and recording pop music like her. Her father supported her dream and relocated with her as her manager, he helped her in producing two demo songs which caught the attention of Columbia Records and signed her in 1960.
The Ray Bryant Combo” and from this album she gained immense popularity as the album featured her first single “Won’t Be Long” to chart the Billboard Hot 100. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Louise Franklin has left a legacy behind her. In the year 1979, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In the year 1985, her voice was declared as a natural resource of Michigan. The singer became the first woman to get a place into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremoniously in the year 1987. Some of the most famous songs by the Queen who touched hearts of many includes “Think” which was released in 1968, “Respect” which was released in 1967 and “I Never Loved a Man” which also released in 1967.
The family is grieving on the sad demise of Aretha Louise Franklin and has asked all the fans of the great singer across the globe to respect their privacy during this difficult time along with thanking them for showing support.
In a statement, the family wrote, “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family, we do not have appropriate words to express the pain in our heart”. They also told the press that the love she had for her children, grandchildren, and cousins was unconditional and that they have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support they have received from close friends, fans and supporters across the globe. They also wrote that it brings them comfort to know that Aretha’s legacy will live on. The Queen of Soul will always remain in heart of every pop singing lover.