[Blackstudies-l] Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, dies at 76.

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Thu Aug 16 12:28:34 EDT 2018


One of the most powerful and beloved voices of all time passes away in
Detroit.
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*Aretha Franklin Was America's Truest Voice *
[image: Aretha Franklin sings in the studio during during her early career
at Columbia Records.]
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Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," died Thursday in Detroit after
battling pancreatic cancer. She was 76. Franklin sold more than 75 million
records during her life, making her one of the best-selling artists of all
time. She took soul to a new level and inspired generations of singers who
came after her. Read more
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from NPR’s Ted Robbins
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*An Appreciation Of The Music Icon*
[image: Aretha Franklin performs at the national Christmas tree lighting
ceremony in Washington, D.C., in 2013.]
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NPR’S Ann Powers
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Franklin's voice as the voice of America. No other contemporary artist
embodied the nation's brash optimism with as much flair, nor exemplified
its sorrow-forged resilience as convincingly. No one better expressed
American joy. Her murmurs gave shape to a sensuality that defeated
repressive moral codes and replaced them with the commandments of
tenderness, of sweet bitter love. Her high notes made hope happen. When she
sang, we remembered that we could walk on the moon. Read more
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*The Fresh Air Interview*
[image: Aretha Franklin poses for the cameras in 1968.]
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The Queen of Soul rarely gave interviews, so we were delighted when she sat
down for a Fresh Air interview in 1999. Franklin spoke about her father's
gospel influence, growing up with Sam Cooke, crossing over to pop music and
more. Read Franklin's edited conversation
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with NPR's Terry Gross
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*Aretha Franklin: The Essentials *
[image: Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait in 1967.]
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Explore beyond Franklin's namesake hits like "Respect" and "(You Make Me
Feel Like) A Natural Woman" to appreciate Franklin's monumental highlights
with NPR Music's In Memoriam playlist
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*Aretha Franklin: The Deep Cuts*
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*Atlantic Records*
Though the Detroit-raised powerhouse is known for chart-topping hits like
"Respect," "Think" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," true fans
know there's just as much beauty in the Aretha songs with a few less spins
in the jukebox. NPR Music staff members recall their favorite Aretha
Franklin deep cuts
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— from the lesser-known B-sides of the 1960s to the unexpected dance music
collaborations of the '80s. Read more
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*Aretha's Feminist Anthem*
[image: Aretha Franklin performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the
Mann Center for Performing Arts in 2010.]
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No one saw it coming, but the song Aretha Franklin laid down on Valentine's
Day 1967 would go on to become one of the greatest recordings of all time.
"Respect"
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hit the top of the charts four months later and turned Aretha Franklin into
a feminist champion. The song became a transformative moment — not only in
her career but also in the women's rights movement and the civil rights
movement. Read more
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