We know it’s a little late, but one of the greatest singers of soul in the history of modern music, Aretha Franklin, died at 76. She embodied soul and gospel in their deepest soul, which she combined with sincere heartiness. Her voice had a range of four octaves. She has received 18 Grammy awards along with numerous other awards.
The 76-year-old queen of the soul, Aretha Franklin, died at her home in Detroit. The legendary singer has had severe health problems for a long time and died of pancreatic cancer. She spent the last days in Detroit, surrounded by her family. She remained optimistic until the end and laughed, joked and believed she could make it.
Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, and began her career as a singer in the church in Detroit, where she grew up as her father C. L. Franklin was a baptist pastor. Her mom played a piano and sang. Her mom died before her, 10 years ago, so many women, her grandmother Rachel and singer Mahalia Jackson helped around children at Franklin’s home.
Aretha learned to play the piano in earnest, and her father got the title to have “a million dollars” and thus served thousands of dollars with preaches across the country. Being famous, their home was also visited by famous people, from Martin Luther King, and Jackie Wilson to Sam Cooke.
Aretha already recorded the first record of Songs of Faith at the 14th edition of J.V.B. Records, and at that time she fell in love with Sam Cooke, who sang in the gospel of The Soul Stirrers. At the age of eighteen, she embarked on her career as an independent pop career outside the church when she signed a contract with Columbia Records, but she was initially not successful.
In the beginning of 1961 she released the album Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo, recording standards, vocal jazz, blues, doo-wop and rhythm & blues. Her first international hit was Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody, and the album was released by The Electrifying Aretha Franklin and The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin. In the mid-1960s she had already earned hundreds of thousands of dollars with numerous appearances on theaters and nightclubs, and Columbia Records somehow did not understand her talent and was able to properly figure it out.