The youngest of four children, Franklin was born in Memphis on March 25th, 1942, to a preacher father, Clarence LaVaughn "C.L". She had recorded nine albums, none of which had properly captured the fiery, transcendent intensity of her voice or the rapt, prayerful beauty of her piano playing.
Aretha Franklin passed away on Thursday, and fans and celebrities alike have been flocking to social media to praise the singer and her contributions to music. What made this record.
"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart", the singer's family said in a statement to the Associated Press.
Charles Smith says he's flooded with the memories every time he listens to his Aretha Franklin's music at home with his family in Renton.
The 60 Minutes segment also features producer Jerry Wexler talking about why he calls Franklin the "Lady of Mysterious Sorrows".
She tweeted: "Aretha Franklin". The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime.
"I felt her pulse holding her frail, frail arm", the 71-year-old actor said in an interview with People. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. That same year, Detroit named a street after her.
It is unclear what Trump meant by his claim that Franklin "worked" for him, though she did perform at Trump's Castle Casino in 1988 and later at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in the 1990s. "Franklin leaves behind a legacy that will endure for a long time, thanks to her powerhouse voice and memorable songs like "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". "It's sad, you know?"
The same farewell was given to civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005.
In 2010, she suffered serious health problems, but continued to perform until late past year, singing last in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.