'We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time". She, too, shared a picture she had taken with Franklin herself.
Franklin performed for the Obamas twice, once in 2009 at President Obama's first inauguration and again in 2015. Just look at the fact that she pursued a singing career at just 18, leaving her sister and her grandmother to take care of the two children she'd had at 12 and 14.
'She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music.
The singer was born on 25 March, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, but it was Detroit that became her home.
The man who helped her record "Respect" was the producer Jerry Wexler, a one-time journalist and the son of a German Jewish father and Polish Jewish mother from the Bronx, New York. Hemmer said, "She sang with a smile on her face when she performed, and that is what she emitted for so many millions and for so many years".
"Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience".
She influenced generations of female singers with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968). "You are a legend and your soul will never be forgotten". A year or so later, he and Franklin were both in Detroit and Butler had her on his radio show, beginning a relationship that lasted the rest of the Queen of Soul's life. She is The Queen. "Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world", singer and actress Barbra Streisand tweeted.
She was married twice, first to Ted White, to whom she said "I do" to in 1961. "She was someone that I looked up to for just the way she lived her life".
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