But what many modern devotees to the Queen of Soul don't realize is that Franklin happened to give the United States one of the most subtle protest songs of the Vietnam War - even if she didn't realize it at the time. "You know, there was information that I knew that I couldn't really say because the family did not want that out". She'd been showing up occasionally on the R&B charts, and she had grazed the lower rungs of the pop top 40 once, with-of all things-a version of the old Al Jolson hit "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody". When Franklin threw off her fur coat toward the end and raised her arms, the crowd erupted. "Your kisses sweeter than honey/but, guess what, so is my money"-and getting those kisses requires r-e-s-p-e-c-t first". "I've had many people influence me, but nothing like Aretha". "It's a continuation of Aretha Franklin Way".
In the case of Franklin, Trump was claiming "some type of bond" with the singer, Ritz said. How could it be, considering Rolling Stone once named her the Greatest Singer of All Time? "She will be missed!" However, according to Twitter users, that does not mean that Franklin ever "worked" for the president.
Music star Adele said she was "absolutely heartbroken" by Franklin's death.
The chorus of social media tributes included a message from NASA, noting the space agency was saddened by the soul legend's death and that asteroid 249516 Aretha, discovered in 2010 and named to commemorate the singer, would keep orbiting beyond Mars.
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They hailed Franklin for her talent and contribution to modern American society after former president Barack Obama said she graced people "with a glimpse of the divine" when she sang.
Franklin was a self-taught piano prodigy, songwriter, and vocalist who started conquering the charts in the 1960s with songs like Natural Woman, Respect, Think, and Chain of Fools. "I met her a few times".
- A Raleigh native who was thrust into the spotlight when her dance recital performance to Aretha Franklin's "Respect" went viral is sad she never had an opportunity to meet the singer in person.
The CNN anchor remembered the Queen of Soul as an influencer, icon and friend, tearfully explaining how her "incredible voice" was actually the "soundtrack" to his life.
Davis is also organizing a tribute show to honor Franklin called Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin.