Aretha Franklin: The sound of the civil rights movement

Aretha Franklin: The sound of the civil rights movement

Franklin, who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think, ' "I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, 'Respect", announced her retirement from touring past year.

Her popularity faded during the 1970s despite such hits as the funky "Rock Steady" and such acclaimed albums as the intimate "Spirit in the Dark".

"America has no royalty", Obama said in a statement after Franklin's death.

Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn issued the following statement from the singer's family: "It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul".

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", Jessica Santostefano, Vice President, Media Desk at Fox News told The Wrap.

He continued, more warmly: "She's brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time".

Franklin also sang at the 2009 inaguaration of former President Barack Obama, who described her as someone who "helped define the American experience". Franklin, who rearranged the piece, belting out a demand for "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" in seven iconic seconds and adding the infectious refrain of "sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me...", created her first number one hit on the Billboard charts as well as an unofficial anthem for both the civil rights and women's movements. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female. "She will be missed!"

Her Baptist minister father was the organiser behind the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom - the largest-ever demonstration for civil rights in the U.S. until the March on Washington later that year, when the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr made his "I have a dream" speech.

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Trump did not explain further when he said he knew Franklin well and she "worked for" him.

Elton John is among the many mourning his friend Aretha Franklin's death Thursday.

Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human.

Franklin signed with Columbia Records in 1960, and released the album Aretha the following year. Franklin sang, in Italian, the aria "Nessun Dorma".

Streisand wrote that it's "difficult to conceive of a world without her" alongside a photo of them together in 2012.

"Salute to the Queen".

Since 1968, Aretha has enjoyed over three decades of fame and success in the music industry becoming one of the most influential music legends ever.

The daughter of a preacher, she started performing as a child, singing for her father's congregation at the age of 9.

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