Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul", died Thursday of advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 - and the sports world took a turn paying tribute to the legendary singer. "While most of us know her for her classic songs like "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", there was more to the vocal powerhouse than met the eyes.
'She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music. "She will forever be the Queen of Soul".
Through the influence of her parents and strict upbringing, Aretha's first encounter with music and the stage was in the church where she sang and led the choir at the least opportunity.
"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends", the network said in a statement.
Her long recording career was punctuated by iconic performances that could stir a nation, get an ordinary concertgoer out of their seat and dancing and reduce a sitting president to tears. Over the course of her career she won 18 Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. "I'm just so sad that we had to lose her". "She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever". Her voice was as strong, powerful and soulful as ever.
But the Queen of Soul title was not bestowed on her until after she left Columbia for Atlantic Records in 1966 and, under the aegis of producer Jerry Wexler, traded the jazz standards and show tunes of her Columbia years for the earthier and more contemporary sounds that had come to be known as "soul". She was given a great gift from God - her voice, and she used it well.
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After erroneously featuring a photo of singer Patti LaBelle in a video tribute to Aretha Franklin, Fox News released a statement apologizing for the mistake. "Really a gifted singer", Harding-Davis said, adding her philanthropic ventures were often overlooked.
For Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, "Aretha Franklin will be profoundly missed".
Inducted to the Apollo's Walk of Fame in 2010, Franklin performed there more than a dozen times, most recently in 2010.
Her last public performance came last November at Sir Elton's Aids Foundation's 25th anniversary gala in NY.
"Day Dreaming" sounds all the more miraculous in 2018 because it represents Aretha's future impact as much as her musical roots. She later married actor Glynn Russel Turman again in 1878, but the marriage lasted till 1969. At the 1998 Grammy Awards she stepped in, at allegedly 20 minutes notice, to sing "Nessun Dorma" in place of an ailing Pavarotti.
She performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and at the funeral for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.