(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Queen of Soul… Aretha Franklin… died this morning in Detroit. One of the world’s most recognizable and soulful singers was suffering from pancreatic cancer. She was 76. CBS’S Jericka Duncan looks back
By the 1960’s she was known as the Queen of Soul.
Her biggest hit — “Respect” — became an anthem of the civil rights and women’s movements.
Franklin won two Grammys for the song and an honorary award from Martin Luther King Jr.
A string of hits followed in the sixties and seventies.
Franklin recorded more than 40 “Top-40” singles… and collected 18 Grammy awards, for her signature mix of gospel, blues, rock and pops.
“Hopefully I touch someone in a positive way…”
In 1987, she became the first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
She faced a lot of heartache in her personal life. Her father was shot during a robbery and later died. Her two marriages ended in divorce.
But she raised four sons.. and she remained an exuberant presence on stage.
In later years, the honors rolled in. The Presidential Medal of Freedom and a featured role at President Obama’s inauguration.
She stole the spotlight at the 2014 premiere for the movie “Selma”… Aretha!!…
But in 2017, she appeared frail singing for Elton John’s Aids Foundation. At that point, she had already announced it would be her final year performing in concert.
As word spread that she was gravely ill, Aretha’s friends and fans called to “say a little prayer”… For the Queen of Soul.