We Still Can't Comprehend The Power Of Aretha Franklin's Voice

Aretha Franklin signing her record contract with Atlantic Records in 1966 alongside her husband and manager Ted White and Jerry Wexler

Aretha Franklin signing her record contract with Atlantic Records in 1966 alongside her husband and manager Ted White and Jerry Wexler

"She's brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come", he continued.

The youngest of four children, Franklin was born in Memphis on March 25th, 1942, to a preacher father, Clarence LaVaughn "C.L". She was not the inventor of R&B, but her roots in gospel, and her particular blend of passion and talent cemented the genre into mainstream pop music, where it solidly remains today.

The celebrated musician passed away Thursday morning at the age of 76 in Detroit, USA, surrounded by her loved ones.

Franklin performed at Obama's inauguration in 2009. "It was my aunt, but it was still Aretha Franklin", says Charles. Her family made Detroit their home just a few short years later and she grew up singing in her dad's house of worship, New Bethel Baptist Church on Linwood.

She recorded steadily, releasing six albums by the middle of the decade with chart-topping songs like "One Step Ahead" and "You Made Me Love You", and her live show came to venues like the Showboat in Philadelphia and the Apollo in NY. Franklin was like her work: passionate, yes, but also complicated and ultimately unknowable.

She had already released Respect, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Think.

The famously strong-willed Franklin had been unwilling to yield to the ideas Columbia had for her image and marketability, so after years of lackluster efforts she moved on to Atlantic Records. She died yesterday at her home in Detroit.

In February of 2017, she announced that her upcoming album and summer tour would be her last.

Her "30 Greatest Hits" album hit the No. 1 spot, replacing Nicki Minaj's new album, while "Respect" reached No. 2 on the songs' charts.

Likewise, Bill and Hillary Clinton also wrote: "Hillary and I mourn the loss of our friend Aretha Franklin, one of America's greatest national treasures".

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