Social media awash with tributes for 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

Social media awash with tributes for 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

Social media awash with tributes for 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

Initially living in and out of cheap hotels and leaving her young kids back home in her native Detroit, the young singer cut her teeth at local jazz venues like the Village Vanguard and Village Gate.

Sir Elton John was among the first of Franklin's peers to pay tribute following her death. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family, ' the family said. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. In 1972, her album Amazing Grace highlighted her gospel background.

"She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music", the statement, which also included Hillary Clinton, said.

Billy Mitchell, known as "Mr. Apollo", is the long-time historian for the theater, which since 1934 has launched the careers of many of America's greatest black artists. Thousands of fans and fellow musicians praised Franklin for her vocal prowess and her historical significance in music and in civil rights.

Singers and musicians quickly flooded social media in mourning her passing, which came on the same day that fellow USA music giant Elvis Presley died at his home in Memphis, the city where Franklin was born, 41 years ago.

Rhythm and blues singer Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Clinton in Washington on January 19, 1993.

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She was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago in 2010 and last year announced her retirement from music. I adored her and worshipped her talent. Check out some of her most memorable diva moments over the past ten years.

Her best-selling album, "Amazing Grace", a 1972 release, is among five Franklin recordings that are featured in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

She continued, "Just as they welcomed #ArethaFranklin to their hearts during their lifetime, both my father and mother have welcomed the #QueenOfSoul to their heavenly home". "She was obviously unwell, and I wasn't sure she could perform".

Aretha Franklin, one of the most well-loved singers of all time, has died aged 76 after battling pancreatic cancer. "Franklin said she first met Houston when Houston was a child - and she was far too busy to be anyone's godmother", the AP reported.

That same year she was tapped to sing at the memorial service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. where she performed a stirring rendition of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand". She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

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