When news of her illness broke, Beyoncé and Jay-Z dedicated their concert in Detroit on Monday to Franklin, declaring their love for her. The legendary singer had suffered a longtime battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in 1942, Aretha grew up singing gospel at her local church in Detroit and released her first album, aged just 14, in 1956 with "Songs of Faith". See reactions from Barbara Streisand, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more, below. That year, Chain of Fools, Baby I Love You, I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You) and her signature song Respect all went to No. 1.
There, Aretha Franklin began singing solos at age 10, soon after her mother, an accomplished piano player and vocalist, died.
While the disco era was not kind to Franklin's career, she bounced back in the 1980s, beginning with a rousing appearance in The Blues Brothers and continuing with hit singles like "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love" and "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me" with George Michael. It is hard to overestimate Franklin's importance to both music and the civil rights movement - and the presence of one of music's greatest figures alongside Martin Luther King Jr's right-hand man at her bedside in the final days of her life is a fitting tribute to one of the true greats of Black American culture.
The young Franklin would accompany her father on the road as he and other singers toured churches - moves that eventually led to her releasing gospel records herself.
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Aretha Franklin wore her crowns like no other. "She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world".
She also sang at the October 2011 dedication of the King memorial in Washington, stirring the crowd with a rendition of the gospel anthem "Precious Lord".
Years in the limelight had dimmed her capacity to be overawed though, it appeared. The Queen is dead. "Long live the Queen".
"When I heard (she lip-synced) I just really cracked up", she said. She was surrounded by family and friends at the time of her passing.
- Her voice is unparalleled.
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The statement continued: "Thank you for your compassion and prayers".
Fellow singer Diana Ross tweeted: "I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin". She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry. Rest in eternal peace, my friend. We should all celebrate her, her very wonderful, wonderful, wonderful life.
Now this one was a heartbreaking number and in Aretha's bluesy voice, it took on a fresh colour and meaning.
Singer John Legend wrote: "Salute to the Queen".
Warwick's version of "Prayer" is wonderful, but Franklin's is a world apart, at once tender and bold. The most soulful angelic voice that ever was. "Aretha was one of the best-selling artists of all times and was popular for churning hits like 'Respect" and "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman". "So many have given us decades of Timeless music".
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Hillary Clinton said Franklin deserves "lasting gratitude" for the impact of her art. "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family", the statement added. She would have only minor hits in her six years with the label, which pushed her toward jazz and show tunes and away from her gospel roots.
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