The wound cuts painfully deep into the heart of music whenever it loses one of its most supremely-gifted icons of acclaim such as the undisputed Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who passed away on Thursday morning (August 15) at the age of 76.
As the most charted female musician in Billboard history and the first female Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Aretha is crowned as one the best-selling musicians of all time with over 75 million records circulating worldwide and 18 Grammys to her name. The Queen of Soul birthed the epitome of soul music, giving us classics like “Respect” and “(You Make Me Feel) Natural Woman” and a powerfully multifaceted vocal gamut surpassed by no other. Aretha gave us soul ministry, matchless vocalism, class, and the true essence of R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
As we remember the Queen of Soul, relive nine of the most memorable moments reminding us all of what her unparagoned legacy looked like and meant to us all.
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