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Aretha Franklin is dead at 76

Aretha Louis Franklin popularly known as the queen of soul music has died. the music mogul died on Thursday August 16 at her home in Detriot at around 9. 50 am.

Here are 8 things to know about the late artists:

  1. She was born 25 March 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee.

    2.She began singing shortly after her mother’s dead debuting with the song ‘Jesus be a Fence around me’. When she was fourteen she began touring with her father who is also her manager at his ‘gospel caravan’ tour.

      3.Her first album was ‘songs of faith’ which she was able to release under her first label J.V.B records. From her first album two songs ‘Never grow old and ‘Precious lord, take my hands’ gained radio plays. At the age of 16, Franklin went on tour with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in 1968 sang at his funeral.

4. Her first secular album ‘Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo’ was released under Columbia in 1961. It had her first single ‘won’t be long’ which entered ‘billboard hot 100’. The song also picked at number 7 in the RnB chart. Her album which was mostly produced by Clyde Otis had various genres in the album like Blues, Jazz, RnB and standards. Rock-a-bye was her first international hit which reached the top forty both in Canada and Australia.

    5. Before her death Franklin was the mother of four sons. Her first child Clearance was born January 28 1955 after she been pregnant at age 12 by Donald Burk, a boy she met at school. At age 14 she had her second son Edward. When Franklin began pursuing her musical career, her kids where taken care of by her sister and grand mother who took turns in raising them.

    6. Franklin was Married twice in her life time. First at age 19 to Theodore White in 1961. They separated in 1968 and later got divorced in 1969. Her second husband Glynn     Turman was married in 1978. They got separated in 1982 1nd got divorced in1984. She was later engaged to long time companion Willie Wilkerson. They got engaged twice in 1988 and .franklin later called off their engagement in 2012.

  7. Franklin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979, had her voice declared a Michigan “natural resource” in 1985, and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

8. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded her a Grammy Legend Award in 1991, then the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. Franklin was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1994, recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 1999, and was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. She was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2005.

Franklin, however become the second woman inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

The music star who died at the age of 76 died of pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type after battling with it for years- Her last performance was in November at Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York.

With the news of her death many celebrities and fans have paid tribute to the legendary singer. Reacting to her death fellow singer Paul McCartney on his twitter page wrote “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”

Meanwhile, Hilarry Clinton on twitter wrote “Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She
deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our
eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend”.

Rapper Missy Elliott wrote “Rest easy ArethaFranklin. I imagine u in heaven performing & still making peoples souls move. This was my aunt favourite record RockSteady. You will always be the queen of soul. You been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us Legendary timeless music”.

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