After battling pancreatic cancer, Aretha passed last night.
Her music was a little before my time, yet also timeless. I'm a big blues fan, so I LOVED her music.
25 March 1942 - 16 August 2018
What a Great Lady xx
And loving hearing her songs getting airplay - forgotten how many other timeless songs she wrote and sang.
Such a beautiful strong voice she had and she has sung many timeless songs.
I knew she'd been ill, but didn't know it was pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately that's one of the cancers with the lowest survival rate & having lost a family member to it myself, I know how quickly it can take someone.
RIP to a timeless singer responsible for so many classic songs, including her cover of Respect (yes, it is a cover; I think Otis Redding sang it first but let's face it, Aretha's version is iconic).
Aretha's version is far superior! The same words had a completely different message when Aretha sang it.
She also did a cover version of Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man". Even Dusty said Aretha's version was better. From that time on, whenever Dusty sang the song, she sang Aretha's version.
I've heard the original of Respect before & yep, Aretha's version is far superior! Sounds completely different too.
A beautiful soul, voice & personna. RIP may your music follow you to the angels and remain with us, to provide enjoyment.
Another beautiful soul with an amazing voice has left us, but her music remains. RIP Aretha - you will not be forgotten.
What a gorgeous artist! She will be missed dearly. RIP.
Amazing voice and talent... May she Rest In Peace...
So sad. Another Icon gone. R.I.P.
Saw this in the news this morning, it is a sad loss for the world
Very sad to lose this legend. RIP Aretha
Such sad news to hear and she died the same date as Elvis. Gosh, I still play her songs here when I do housework. RIP Aretha - you will be missed.
Such sad news, she is seriously such a legend. RIP Aretha - I grew up with her as my Mum was a big fan (which in turn led to me being a big fan).
RIP she was truly talented!
What a woman.
I watched Dreamgirls to kind of really remember the times and circumstances she came from - I know Dreamgirls is fiction and only speculated to be very loosely based on her (Effie's character, anyway) but it's sometimes easy to forget how much times have changed in a lifetime. She's such a legend.
Dreamgirls was about Diana Ross & the Supremes.
I thought that too m8 but wondered if the storyline had Aretha in it - long time since I watched it.
Not only on Diana Ross & The Supremes... Effie's character was not based on anyone in the Supremes - it is speculated that Effie was based on Etta James and/or Aretha and other soul singers from that time who did not necessarily meet the "marketable" standards of starlets like Diana Ross at the time. But yeah, as I said... it's speculated.
Aah! Mystery solved!
I love Etta James, too!
♪ At laaaaaast
♫ My lo-o-ove has come alo-ong!
Such an iconic legend. RIP Aretha...
There is a documentary based on Aretha coming out at the movies soon called Amazing Grace, looks interesting.
I just Googled it! Looks like something I'd like! Thanks, Hayley!
The never-before-seen music documentary capturing Queen of Soul ARETHA FRANKLIN, as she records the most successful gospel album of all time, AMAZING GRACE with James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir. Recorded at The New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. AMAZING GRACE is crafted from never-before-seen footage that captures an elegiac moment in American musical history whilst saluting the get-up-on-your-feet gospel heritage that transformed American music in the 1960s.
Release Date: 29/08/2019
Running Time: 90 mins
Director Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
Cast: Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir
Rating: G (General)
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