It is truly a sad day for anyone who is a fan of music and perseverance. Aretha Franklin, one of the most iconic figures in the music world of the past generations, has died.
After a battle with pancreatic cancer, the 76-year-old “Queen of Soul” passed away early Thursday morning. According to a long-time friend, the singer and pianist had “been ill for a long time” – but this doesn’t make the loss any less real.
Franklin grew up in Detroit, where she was a mainstay in the church choir where her father was a minister. Leaving home at just 18 to pursue a recording career with Columbia Records, Franklin quickly grew to become one of the most impressive names in the American music industry. With hits like ‘RESPECT’ and ‘(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman’, as well as 18 Grammy wins and 44 nominations, it’s no surprise Franklin was also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
It is a tragedy and we’re sad to hear such news. Rest In Peace Aretha, knowing the generations of musicians you have inspired will carry your legacy further into the future than you could have ever imagined.