Aretha Franklin

 

 

Age: 76

 

Summary: singer, songwriter and pianist known as the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as Think, Say a Little Prayer, and her signature song Respect and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, who became a superstar by her mid-20s and settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time, whose gifts (natural and acquired) were multi-octave mezzo-soprano, gospel passion, and training worthy of a preacher's daughter, taste of sophisticated and eccentric, and the courage to channel private pain into liberating song, who recorded hundreds of tracks and had dozens of hits over the span of 50 years, including 20 that reached No. 1 on the rhythm and blues charts but her reputation was defined by an extraordinary run of top 10 smash hits in the late 1960's from (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman to Chain of Fools to her unstoppable call for Respect whose records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough, who won 18 Grammy awards and became the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

 

 

Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

 

Born: March 25, 1942

 

Died: August 16, 2018

 

Location: Detroit, Michigan