Aretha Franklin

The legendary queen of soul Aretha Franklin, winner of 18 Grammy Awards, lost her long battle with pancreatic cancer on Thursday in her Detroit home.

Condolences are pouring in from across the country and around the world for the greatest soul singer to ever live.

On March 25, 1942, Aretha Louise Franklin was born in a ramshackle cottage in Memphis, Tennessee to promiscuous Baptist preacher Clarence LaVaughn "C. L." Franklin and his wife Barbara Siggers.

Tired of his promiscuity, Siggers soon divorced Franklin and moved to Buffalo, NY with her son, Vaughn, leaving 6-year-old Aretha and her older sisters, Erma and Carolyn, with their father.

Thanks to her father's army of girlfriends and admirers, Aretha was influenced by gospel music before she took her first baby steps.

Aretha's mother died on March 7, 1952 before Aretha turned 10. Her grandmother Rachel, and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson took turns helping to raise the children while C. L. Franklin preached his fiery sermons at various churches around the country.

After Franklin relocated with his family to Detroit, Michigan, his New Bethel Baptist Church became a popular destination for gospel musicians such as Clara Ward, James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, and notables Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke.

Shortly after her mother's death, 10-year-old Aretha began singing in the choir at her father's church. 4 years later, C.L. Franklin began managing his 14-year-old child prodigy and took her out on the road with him to perform in various churches.

The road was no place for a 14-year-old girl with an insatiable appetite for food and attention from much older men.

In this excerpt from the book RESPECT, by David Ritz, Aretha is described as a promiscuous girl who bore 2 children by age 14:

"Two months before turning thirteen, she gave birth to a baby boy she named Clarence, after her dad. Rumors swirled that her own father was the father of her first child but it was Donald Burk, a guy she knew from school.

Aretha had a second child before she was fifteen by Edward Jordan, described by her brother as just a player. Both children would take the last name of Franklin and be raised in the Franklin home."

Aretha reportedly developed a serious crush on singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, who was 11 years her senior. She allegedly spent nights in his hotel room where he serenaded her with his hit song "You Send Me".

Franklin helped Aretha sign her first record deal with J.V.B. Records, where her first album, Songs of Faith, was released in 1956.

Aretha Franklin

At age 18, Aretha's growing popularity sparked a minor bidding war between Columbia Records, RCA records and Tamla Records, a small Motor City label run by a songwriter named Berry Gordy.

Columbia won the bidding war, and Aretha's first single, "Today I Sing the Blues", released in 1960, reached the top ten of the Hot Rhythm & Blues Sellers chart.

Aretha Franklin

After six years, Aretha grew tired of singing the blues at Columbia Records and opted not to renew her contract.

Eager to spread her wings and record R&B songs, she signed to Atlantic Records, where she achieved her first commercial success with "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", which climbed to #1 on the R&B chart, while also peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

Aretha Franklin

In April 1967, Atlantic released Aretha's version of Otis Redding's "Respect", which shot to the top of the R&B and Hot 100 charts. "Respect" became Aretha's signature song and earned her two Grammy Awards in 1968.

Aretha Franklin

"Respect" was quickly adopted by the feminist movement as a declaration of their independence from men. The classic song sits at #5 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

On the strength of her timeless classics including "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Respect", "Chain of Fools" and "Think", Rolling Stone magazine ranked Aretha #1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Aretha Franklin

Roger Friedman was first to break the news that Aretha was "gravely ill" on his blog Showbiz411 on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Family members spoke out to various media outlets about Aretha's failing health.

"She has been under the weather for months. A lot of her family is around her, supporting her," Aretha's cousin Cendia Franklin tells RadarOnline.

“She has been ill for a long time,” a longtime friend tells PEOPLE magazine. “She did not want people to know and she didn't make it public."

PEOPLE confirmed Aretha was in hospice care in her Detroit home.

Aretha was visited at home in her final days by longtime friends Jesse Jackson, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.

Aretha previously denied reports that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010.

“I am not going to even deal with that,” she told JET magazine.

In March 2017, Aretha announced she was retiring from touring. "I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it,” she told a Detroit TV station.

Her last live performance was on Nov. 7, 2017 at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala concert in NYC.

Aretha Franklin

 

 

Photos by Getty Images, WENN.com

  • Blaque Mahogany

    The road was no place for a 14-year-old girl with an insatiable appetite for food and attention from much older men.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Whyyyyyyyyyyy, Lord?

  • tia

    Well done my Queen and rest in heaven!

  • Tiff J

    NOOOOOOO!!!!!! You never appreciate a good thing until they're gone. RIP.

  • MsChocolate

    RIP to the greatest singer of all time

  • We Can Do This

    RESPECT QUEEN!

  • Kanyade

    a TRUE legend. a TRUE artist. NONE LIKE HER. NONE OTHER EVER WILL BE. RIP to the QUEEN of SOUL.

    My boss is playing her music in her office. My boss, the country music die-hard is playing Aretha. Real music transcends and real art touches the soul, the mind... It MOVES you.

    https://www.yourtango.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_image_default/public/2018/AF1.jpg

  • KcoolMuziq
  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This is what happens when daddy is away from home on the road too often. Girls need their fathers, or they will look for him in older men and get turned out early, i.e. strippers and hookers.

  • SpillyNillie

    REST QUEEN!! *opens Spotify*

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    LORD forgive us, some people we do not want to see die, tears, tears, tears. But the Most important thing is GOD blessed this world with another one of HIS Superior Gifts!!!

  • Lady_Elle

    Rest in Peace.... to the Queen of Soul!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    WOW.!!! POSITIVE EÑERGY IS WHAT they relied on to prolong her life. I'm sure her choice of food is what contributed to her pancreatic cancer thus the reason she had gained so much weight! No matter how famous or how much money you have money and prayer alone cannot PROLONG your LIFE! Now watch Jay Z and Beyonce try and buy rights to her catalogue!

  • Victorious82

    Man. My daddy played Aretha so much while I was growing up, I’ll say she was a part of my childhood. May Allah be pleased with her.

    Her life was so messy I hope they gone ahead and get this biopic in the works now. Please don’t use JHud, she can’t act. Get some unknown that can belt like Reffa.

  • justlooking

    God Rest her Soul. She left a legacy of beautiful music. Just a couple of weeks, we watched Blues Brothers...Her cameo was PERFECT and tickles me to this day. You will be missed The Original, Never to be Duplicated the Queen of Soul.

  • Angelique Johnson

    Very beautiful woman with the sweetest voice. She will be missed. Prayers for her family and everyone in the world.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    RIP Queen

  • Rayne

    Rest easy REETHA!

  • none yubiz

    Rest in peace Queen Aretha...

  • Tiff J

    I thought Fantasia was in the running to play her. I read Aretha's Wiki page when they first reported her being sick. As Wendy says "mother has LIVED." I had no clue she was married to the actor Glen Thruman who played Preach in Cooley High & the Colonel on A Different World.

  • Prettybrowneyes

    Despite the circumstances, 76 is still a blessed age to pass. Looks like her life "turned out" wonderful until illness struck. ?

  • Wayup!

    "IF YOU WANT A DO RIGHT ALL DAY WOMAN... WOMAN...
    YOU GOT TO BE A DUDE RIGHT ALL NIGHT MANNNNNNN"
    SANGGGGGG RETHA!!!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I understand that.

    It just seems like you called her a fat heaux. On the day she died...

  • Vonn

    RIP Queen. You'll live on through your music.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Rejoice in Heaven Aretha..

  • morenYAHdelsur

    RIP Diva.

    Good read ??

  • SG

    Good read. An amazing talent and legacy. RIP Queen.

  • Free speech cost Sheen

    Thank you Sandra for this very accurate write up. My mama was just filling me in about Aretha’s dad. She’s one of my favorite gospel artist. The world truly lost a precious gift.

  • Victorious82

    Idk about Fanny. Her speaking voice won’t work. Aretha had many affairs and lovers. Her life story is a hot mess. Every one of her kids has a different daddy. One of her husband’s was a pimp and used the money his !-!oes made to help finance her career when she wasn’t making any money.

  • Li-Wright

    Such a great talent, a prodigy.

    Pancreatic cancer....she denied having it. Blacks are twice as quick to die of pancreatic cancers than other races and if they have diabetes (which I believe she did) it can rapidly spread. A great woman, a great voice.

    Pancreatic cancer is the one cancer I'm afraid of getting since I am diabetic. You don't know you have it until the last stages.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Sorry Aretha already personally picked Jennifer Hudson after Halle Berry turned it down.

  • Li-Wright

    Read the biography, Respect, you won't be able to put it down.

  • MissHarlem
  • Li-Wright

    Read the book, Respect. You won't be able to put it down.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Heaven is lit right now

  • Pitty Patty

    I just came to check on Dub. I know she's her fav.

    RIP Reatha. You don't owe us nothing. Go get your rest Sis.

  • Alextra Ballard

    ReRe you maybe gone,however your Music will live on Forever!! My thoughts and prayers are to the family of the Undisputed Queen of Soul!
    RIP Re!!!

  • AmericanDream

    R.I.P

  • KcoolMuziq

    One of her sons tried to burn down her house.

  • Roxie Moxie

    RIP Ms Franklin. RESPECT!

    A TRUE Queen....*side eye to those that call themselves that*

  • Anji

    I cut my teeth on the Atlantic years. One of the greatest singers and most unique songbirds ever. From passionate moans to the unpredictable and exciting wails, it's been a joy. Much R E S P E C T. Fly home Sista Me!!

  • What???

    Aretha was the last one who could CALL him. The artists today can only call waste management and their dump trucks. Soul Music is officially dead. My bad Chaka is left. RIP Aretha.

  • xenaD

    Damn. R.I.P. legend!
    This hurts. Wow

  • Victorious82

    I think J HUD has the right look but her acting just leaves a lot to be desired. I always thought it was funny that Aretha wanted Halle Berry to play her.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Her music will always remind me of my childhood...good times!

  • stacee

    Go on and rest Queen.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    clearly you don't know the whole story concerning her father, smh

    anyway, can't we just show some respect for the gift she shared with us all publicly without picking apart her private life?

  • WhoYouTalkingAbout

    RIP Queen

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Is my Sister in Christ still here??? I want to send her my condolences cuz this was her girl.

    RIP to The Queen of Soul ??

    Hey my loves ?

  • iWasteTime

    Just what she was able to accomplish after giving birth at 12 and 14 is amazing! Truly a talent and favored

  • BrownIsBack

    I thought about Dub when first heard about it a couple of days ago

  • country57

    Rest easy Queen, job well done.

  • iWasteTime

    She still here but not in this post yet.
    I thought of her and my momma.

  • country57

    Same here. :)

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 4FlavorsOfMe CreoleMami

    Rest in GREATNESS Queen condolences to the family

  • oshh16

    May God bless her soul, and comfort her family and loved ones.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Hey Waste ? She was the first person I thought of when I heard the news

  • KcoolMuziq

    Jennifer won an Oscar for Dreamgirls(which I worked in)She was amazing in it many white people were crying at the premier during her scenes.

  • abby500

    As someone said, her music reminds me of being 5 years old with my parents, aunts and uncles partying, smoking their cigarettes and maybe a little booze. My siblings and older cousin Cheryl, who was so fast (lol). My childhood. ? Melancholy.

  • country57

    Yes indeed, heaven is lit. Michael, Areatha, Whitney, Prince, James Brown, Luther, Barry White, Etc. List is getting too long, I truly miss these legends.

  • Phillybruh

    Well Done Ms. Franklin. Side bar though she has a massive catalog.

  • datjerk

    I'm glad her suffering is over. RIP. One of the best to ever do it.

  • BrownIsBack

    I remember watching her sing Rock Steady on soul Train (I think) and was wowed by her talent

  • iWasteTime

    ???

  • Victorious82

    White folks don’t validate my thoughts or feelings lol. I said what I said. I personally don’t like her acting. ?????

  • iWasteTime

    Now I have to call my Dad.
    Lord, Reatha was his boo thang!
    Big, small, Gastro, Chemo any Retha he wanted!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Rest easy Miss. Aretha.

  • ???TheRider???

    I feel you, already on Apple Music!

  • Victorious82

    Right. I couldn’t imagine that. She was a baby.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Rest in peace, Ms. Franklin.

  • ???TheRider???

    I was playing Dr.Feelgood & a employee walked in, saying who is that? Ugh! The youngsters just don’t know! Rest easy Auntie Ree Ree

  • Well$$Well$$?

    A Rose Is Still A Rose was always my favorite hit by her because she was speaking some real shiiittt. I believe that every girl over the age of 14 should hear that song. ? Rest in Paradise Queen. ??

  • Tammie Reed

    May she RIP

  • hi-liter

    God taking the Greats and leaving the liars and idiots....that's life for ya.

  • oshh16

    My cousin, after a devastating heartbreak, told me that that song is how he saw me, that I was still a rose, and to see myself that way in so many words. Chile crying at me desk cause my cousin gone, been gone two years now, God bless his soul.

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    RIP Aretha... Maybe yall could use a giggle or two on this sad occasion....
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d01MF9WdsC0

  • Wreckognize Game

    I knew she was a vocal beast and all around talented lady. But I was over the moon and super impressed when she sang that opera song on the Grammys when Pavarotti was sick.?????

  • Wreckognize Game

    I'm sure you gave the same look I gave a dude that's my age asking who is Sade. ?

  • KcoolMuziq

    In the entertainment industry if a white person loves your performance it's success galore.

  • Alextra Ballard

    SR thanks for the brief write up about ReRe life..there is so much to this story most of it is so sad...this is neither the place nor the time. Less just say she's been through alot and she came from alot..ReRe however weathered the storm. I'm hoping and praying she is at peace.

  • MISSMEWITDATBULL

    There aren't enough words to describe how this lady's music has touched my spirit, warmed my heart and soothed my soul throughout my entire existence on this planet...to say she will be missed is an understatement. The Q-U-E-E-N, the G-O-A-T, the absolute BESTEST to ever do it.
    Thank you, Auntie Retha for everything. Rest well.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    don't make me do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    last minute.... in Italian!!!!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjTXRo-rxGA

  • Lady_Elle

    She was the person I thought of first when I heard the news.
    Such a loss... RIP.

  • Elevated Soul

    RIP to one of the greatest that ever picked up a mic!!!

    https://youtu.be/Gy9Xnwyhcc0

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    that's real love right there.... so powerful. God rest your loving cousin.

    *logs out 'cause thugs don't cry* smh

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    Gladys.........

  • Trace da Ace

    may god bless her beautiful heart and soul. We have truly lost a wonderful woman and heaven has just welcomed another angel. RIP.

  • Lady_Elle

    That was an AMAZING performance.

  • Jazzy T

    AMEN!!!!

  • Tiff J

    Who in today's day and age is going to put out 42 studio albums?!?!?! Record companies doesn't even give artists chances like that any more. And these artists today don't put in that kind of work. Can't be a legend if you're only a one hit wonder,

  • Wreckognize Game

    Thank you. I was like this???

  • Lady_Elle

    So many on this board thought of Dub. Because of her we got to see the iconic pic regularly.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Yes and Patti

  • justlooking

    THIS CRACKs ME UP EVERYTIME!!!!!

  • kekeb

    My feelings are so hurt, but Thank God for the years He allowed us to have her.

  • Strappyheels

    R.I.P. QUEEN!!
    One of the best to ever do it!!

  • Coy little wink

    Her life story is fascinating...RIP

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    I bet folks was fussing over money right in front of her asking who can get what

  • TMW

    I know she was super famous, but she was also really human. We used to trick or treat at her house on Oakman Blvd in Detroit, and she would be the one at the door handing out the candy. We used to visit her dad’s church which was really close to where I grew up, and on any given Sunday, unannounced she would either be sitting in the pew just like everybody else, or in the choir singing - but no solos. She felt more like a neighbor than this superstar diva. I think all she went through kept her humble, and she stayed a Detroit home girl through and through. She will be missed.

  • kekeb

    How old was this co-worker, cause I'm a millennial and I know!

  • Phillybruh

    This wasn't as funny as the legends panel.

  • Tiff J

    Let us hope she had a will so this doesn't happen.

  • Hater

    Rest in Peace and in Heaven Queen Aretha - gone but never forgotten!
    #Legend

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That was exactly what I was thinking.
    No repeat of the BS after Prince's death.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Wrong. Artists have to tour because that is their main source of income which leaves less time for them to be in the studio making new music.

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    Bruh! I had to choose just one... Someone from this blog pointed me in the direction of these vids. They all crack me up.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Will don’t mean nothing when it come to black folks and some money they still was prolly cutting a fool and trying to make sure they was getting some “ auntie re re you took care of me didn’t ya, you know I loved you...and so on and so on

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Awww... those are really heartwarming memories to have. Thank you for sharing.

  • TMW

    I remember being so shy to walk up and take candy from her hand LOL! And I remember her being very sincerely a nice person. And people just treated her normal - they didn’t mob her or anything whenever they saw her out.

  • FukkFolks2018

    RIP to her. Hardly any words man. Not many.

    On my way home.

    Yall be swell

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Now come on.
    You know when it comes to us poor coloreds Sandra always sees the glass as half empty.

  • Marlika

    You know it! It happens with every family. ?????

  • Music

    That’s true. Tina and Madonna stayed on the road. Beyonce is following in their footsteps.

  • Soon2BWife

    One of my absolutely favorite singers! Baby, I Love You! RIH- Queen of Soul. ???

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    These are good memories to have and read about instead of the drama some people are focusing on right now. I know this is a gossip blog but at the same time, she JUST passed, her body ain't even in full rigor yet. That stuff can wait!

  • Yoni7

    Yes, she's still here.

  • TMW

    Yeah I saw some of the responses on this post, but that user is blocked ?, so not sure what was said...

  • Marlika

    It would have been nice if she was able to help with the movie about her life, but she was too busy being rude about who she wanted to play her. I believe Jennifer Hudson was in talks to play her and I believe she wanted someone like Halle Berry.?

    Anyhow may she Rest In Peace and whom ever plays her in a movie will do it justice. Also hopefully there will be no fighting amongst her estate about anything.

    As a cancer survivor it always pains me when someone dies from stupid cancer.?

  • FukkFolks2018

    Im here. Present. Thanks baby. I miss ya too Mirs. *hugs ya neck*

  • Soon2BWife

    What a nice sentiment and memories. Thank you for sharing. In my mind, I have been to her house for Sunday dinner after attending her father’s church but you have really been to her house and to Rev. Franklin’s church! ? ??

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Her shade has been unmatched a true queen ?? Rest in power

  • FukkFolks2018

    I am not ready.

  • free

    dionne lol

  • Quitedeliteful

    I believe she wanted someone like Halle Berry.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I heard that too. JHud is a waaay better actress than Halle...

  • Coffy

    She was so pretty loved her nose. The original natural woman. No stops, just straight to Heaven.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Aretha is described as a promiscuous girl who bore 2 children by age 14

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    NO. Just not right now. We all know this. Real fans know she birthed early. Just NO.

  • free

    i need more!

  • Rayne

    Ooh lord I had to go back and find this here lol her and patty lol miss u girl! ??

    https://youtu.be/m-mtlGyS4r0

  • free

    i didn't know she had a book!

  • Rayne

    Well I was thinking Fantasia. Fantasia loves her.

  • FukkFolks2018
  • TMW

    Used to ride my bike past Rev. Franklin’s house too. He had more gates than she did LOL! He was more targeted than she was, as evidenced by injuries he sustained during the home invasion that was the cause of his death. She lived more out in the open than he did - she lived where no one would expect her to live. Oakman had nice, big homes, but it was smack in the middle of a regular neighborhood.

  • Rayne

    I swear!! EVERYTHING!!

  • FukkFolks2018

    but she was too busy being rude about who she wanted to play her.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Aretha was busy being rude her whole life. Stayed True to herself til her time here was finis. Its not right, but its okay.

  • free

    i could only HOPE to reach this level of pettiness! it cannot be bought...it has to be EARNED! yaaasssss! patti gotta go through this all over again lol/smh

  • Marlika

    Tasia was suppose to play Mahalia until she got into that scandal with that married man. Mahalia family said NO to her after that.

  • Ebony Starr

    My daughter and I saw her in concert one New Year's Eve, she had the purest, most beautiful voice that you ever wanted to hear! My daughter said that's what real singing sounds like.
    RIP ReRe!!!

  • FukkFolks2018

    All time fave hands down. Im okay. She was tired. It was her time.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Awe thanks!

  • FukkFolks2018

    Hugs yo neck *hugs ya*

  • the guest

    RIP Queen Aretha Franklin.

    A legend and an era has passed.

  • TMW

    The only concert I ever attended with my mom was an Aretha Franklin concert, and it was just her in the middle of the stage with an orchestra backing her for about 2 hours - no breaks - and it was the best experience.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    ?? That song got me through a devastating break up I had in college. She was singing some truth in that song. A rose is still a rose. Babygirl you're still a flower. ?

  • Rayne

    ??? I wanna be super petty like that when I grow up lol ?

  • Rayne

    Yea I memba! They cut it shawt!

  • TMW

    Detroit home girl through and through LOL! She was the same, never changed it up. Her fur coats and her attitude - yep! And was about her business and her opinions. I’m not a J Hud fan, so I agreed with her on that...

  • Phillybruh

    The one where she is doing Feedback...

  • FukkFolks2018

    man Imma be mad af if they let baggy trout mouth ass Jennifer be Aretha. Like hell naw.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But Halle?

    Halle can't sing.

  • Victorious82

    Well I guess white folks aren’t feeling her much anymore. I haven’t seen much of her recently. White folks love Kevin Hart and The Rock. They stay working.

  • Yoni7

    THIIIIISSSS! I love me some Patty. She did not have to do her like this.

  • Ebony Starr

    Yes, it was great to experience her greatness with 2 different generations. She had the music stop and she sang A cappella. My daughter said wow!

  • KipSmithers

    RIP, Queen.

    My favorite song of hers:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGAiW5dOnKo

  • FukkFolks2018
  • FukkFolks2018
  • Soon2BWife

    Wow, so cool and she really was a homegirl! Makes me love her even more. RIH to them both. ??

  • missmiami305

    Really auntie lol. You just couldn’t let it go this one time????: “The road was no place for a 14-year-old girl with an insatiable appetite for food and attention from much older men.” Bless her soul ??.

  • Tee Bullock

    I'm emotional another legend gone!!! Condolences to the family??

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    It’s awful I have so it to the point if security had to be placed in front of rooms of men on there death beds and gfs ready to fight each other and the wife trying to see what they can get

  • Coy little wink

    She sang at MLK Jr.'s funeral...just wow! Talk about history...

    Her music was a part of so many of our childhoods...I'm feeling some kind of way ?

  • missmiami305
  • ThisIsWhat43LooksLike

    One of my favorites from the soundtrack ?

  • missmiami305

    Girl I love auntie Patti as well. I walk around with Patti’s Pearls in my handbag.

  • Prettybootnikki

    Thank you for sharing this. Man. I just listened and I wish I could have had a chance to experience her in a concert.

  • missmiami305

    I bet she was a hot ass petty mess in her day?????.

  • ThisIsWhat43LooksLike

    Yes ma’am, she stepped in and did THAT!! ????

  • ShWa

    My heart is so very heavy, my condolences to her family and loved ones, Rest easy Miss Aretha.

  • Logan Roberts

    RIP Ms. Aretha ?

  • Gloria

    Ummmm you can leave Keri Hilson and Jeremiah out of this! They are both talented artists who stay low key. How about someone trifling as hell like pedo r kelly or Harvey Weinstein!!! ???

  • TheWildChild

    A real ???? of Talent ?? my All time favorite....she owned them keys
    https://youtu.be/_DBl5gAs6WI

  • TMW

    She wanted Halle because she was a great actress, and said didn’t have to sing but could lip sync LOL

  • Miss Thang

    This makes me so sad. I'm grateful for living in the same time period that she lived and being able to enjoy her incredible talent. God rest her soul. My condolences to her family.

  • MsPam

    I’m really sad about Aretha’s death, you ran a nice race and it’s time for you to rest!????????

  • FukkFolks2018

    She said at MLK Jr.'s funeral...just wow! Talk about history...
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    That tidbit is part of that Mandela Effect when for whatever reason, they want us to believe certain historical stuff... that didnt actually happen. I didnt believe in this particular conspiracy theory until THIS. Right here.

    Aretha didnt sing at MLK fune. Mahalia Jackson sang at MLK fune and Aretha sang at Mahalia's fune.

    Crazy as heck bc if you look it up...it will say she did.

  • Coy little wink

    Smh...so someone confused the two

  • FukkFolks2018

    craziest mess ever

  • Karmen

    Not a Hudson fan either. She wears my ears out.

  • missmiami305

    Every time an elder passes I think of all the knowledge and history that perishes with them. Especially in today’s world.

  • Karmen

    Pretty yes. Great? Not so much.

  • TMW

    It was Aretha’s opinion. In my opinion, Halle is marginal as an actress at best. And I guess because I know she has loony tendencies, she’s not all that pretty to me either.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    My favorite besides Chaka. Her music could very well be the story of my own life.

  • Moon Lee

    Rise in Power with the Devine Creator, and the ancestors ! A superior being Queen Aretha Franklin ????

  • ???TheRider???

    She’s 26! I’m like how could you not know?

  • voyageurs47

    Like JLo w/the Selena movie.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Exercising my block fanger in this post. Of my all time fave. Great.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No Aretha wanted Halle because Aretha is vain but Halle doesn't look anything like Aretha.

    Ha,ha,ha!!

  • Miss Thang

    that song consoled my heart when I was going through therapy to heal from childhood sexual abuse.

  • Wayup!

    Clear like a bellllll

  • Wayup!

    Wonder if Patty gone be nice and squash old beef and SANGGGGG at the funeral?

  • Wayup!

    she was a hood give no fuqs ole head.....we always got a few in our neighborhoods ..dont we?

  • Tiff J

    The producer of AF's biopic was on TMZ Live today. He said AF was involved with biopic and telling stories to help get the script together. And sorry to bust everyone's bubble... but the producer did say that JHud is attached to the biopic to play AF. He didn't know though when the picture would come out, they still working on the script.... so maybe by the time they get ready to actually start filming, JHud will have dropped out/been replaced. But I don't think JHud is doing anything right now, so she got time to wait for the movie to get started.

  • KcoolMuziq

    ?Unfortunately your opinion doesn’t matter. The Academy and my SAG votes put her votes into the stratosphere & she’s now an Oscar winning actress.

  • Owww76

    There is no beef. She posted a nice comment on her FB page. I think that was more media created than anything.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Aretha passed away the same day Elvis Presley died (August 16). Only ReRe could overshadow Elvis.

  • Li-Wright
  • Li-Wright

    There probably won't be a "funeral" but a memorial. And Aretha's family is in charge, they will decide who "sangs".
    This is not the time to be nasty.

  • Lady_Elle

    Glad you did it!

  • Lady_Elle

    Yep! A Queen over the King. :-)

  • Owww76

    Who would be a good choice besides her or Fantasia. Who else from this generation SANGS like that, Jennifer is a good choice to portray Aretha or tribute her. None of these auto tuned chicks can come close to that kind of vocal.

  • Li-Wright

    I saw her three times in her lifetime. Thank God. The first time was a young Aretha, and she was really green. She sat at the piano and sang all night. The second time was a middle aged Aretha and she was up on her feet singing with dancers behind her. And the last time was the matriach Aretha at Ravinia last year. Glad I saw the last of her concerts.

  • Owww76

    It is the absolute worst when a loved one passes and people wanna fight over money. I am dealing with this now, my grandma passed away in June and my aunt is so damn money hungry to get the insurance and whatever else she is entitled too. Just the worse!

  • Li-Wright

    @Marlika, I don't know if you know how the movie business works but it takes a longgg-ass time to make a movie. You have to get clearance for music (that holds up a lot of movies). You have to get contracts and payments to the authors. Negotiate rights for the biography. Do you think that Tina's story was made overnight? They had to go to jail and get Ike's approval to use his likeness and he was paid $50,000. Then there are the tons of producers; I'm sure Clive is going to be one of the producers. Then you have to write the script, which could take another few years and rewrites. Then you have to cast the actors; audition, etc. And remember Aretha is battling cancer through the past 5 years. She had her ups and downs. So for you to to say it "would be nice"....I think you need to take a film class or learn about film. And Aretha, if you read the book Respect, was good at being her own publicist and saying off the cuff stuff. Like she wanted Halle Berry to play her. hat was to throw everybody OFF.
    Aretha was also trying to open a supper club in Detroit the past few years, so she had a lot on her plate.
    And what is Stupid cancer? I have relatives who died from cancer. I don't appreciate your remark.

  • Li-Wright

    Jennifer is probably in a Pay or Play contract. In other words, if the film falls through she gets paid anyway. Denzel has that kind of contract for his movies. Jennifer was paid for American Idol when they cancelled her contract to be a judge. That would have been about $2million if I recall.
    Jennifer was just cast in CATS.https://variety.com/2018/film/news/jennifer-hudson-taylor-swift-james-corden-cats-movie-andrew-lloyd-webber-1202879375-1202879375/

  • Li-Wright

    JLO was great as Selena.

  • Li-Wright
  • TMW

    maybe Halle looks the way Aretha saw herself - nothing wrong with that. If you don’t love you, who gonna love you??

  • Kay Gee

    I'm sorry - Chaka is not a "real" singer...now the person below mentioned Gladys - and that is the LAST soul sister singer there is. Patti is a screamer, and that is annoying AF...

  • Gloria

    You are mental, just as your name says.
    One of those people who defends R Kelly raping children by saying "hE cAN sAnG ThO!"
    Have a seat ?

  • Lady_Elle

    Sorry for the loss of your All Time Fave!
    I thought of YOU immediately when I read the story.
    I thought / hoped she had more time. :-(

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    this is a beautiful tribute. thank you for sharing.

  • Solstice

    I was blessed to see her at Essence in 2012 I believe. She came with it!! Full orchestra and all! ??. Legendary ??

  • Solstice

    I love Chaka!! ? Why don’t you think she’s a real singer? Rufus Chaka or solo Chaka?

  • Desiree

    The 70's is when Soul Train was LIT!

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    This breaks my heart. Rest well Aretha.
    <3

  • Anji

    I've had a SAG vote longer and she STILL has no complete body of work demonstrating great acting ability.

  • Anji

    I've had a SAG vote longer and she STILL has no complete body of work demonstrating great acting ability.

  • SMDH x2

    Hail to the Queen!! Rest easy

  • SMDH x2

    Hail to the Queen!! Rest easy

  • SMDH x2

    I read that also

  • SMDH x2

    I read that also

  • Anji

    None mentioned can handle jazz or bop and do soul like Chaka. Ear extraordinaire.

  • Anji

    None mentioned can handle jazz or bop and do soul like Chaka. Ear extraordinaire.

  • Locapoca

    Im so sorry! I logged on to find you and personally give condolences I know you are a huge fan. We have talked plenty times in the Garden about Ms Franklin.

  • Locapoca

    Im so sorry! I logged on to find you and personally give condolences I know you are a huge fan. We have talked plenty times in the Garden about Ms Franklin.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    When I heard Aretha was dying, I went straight to the old time queens who hung out with Aretha back in the day (the 70s and 80s). Everyone knows Aretha had a fondness for younger men. Some of those men were as down low as you can go. Regardless, once I heard it from those "girls," I knew it was true this time. Oh, are we sure she died from cancer?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    When I heard Aretha was dying, I went straight to the old time queens who hung out with Aretha back in the day (the 70s and 80s). Everyone knows Aretha had a fondness for younger men. Some of those men were as down low as you can go. Regardless, once I heard it from those "girls," I knew it was true this time. Oh, are we sure she died from cancer?

  • Solstice

    One of my favorite song of hers!! Genuine. You can tell she was singing some of her truth!! Rest easy Ma’am! ??
    https://youtu.be/gtMUQbnT_Lo

  • Solstice

    One of my favorite song of hers!! Genuine. You can tell she was singing some of her truth!! Rest easy Ma’am! ??
    https://youtu.be/gtMUQbnT_Lo

  • Wayup!

    And Patty justa reaching out ...like the woman with the issue a blood...." If I could just but touch.....Retha was " What was that tryna touch on me!!!!!!.. white House NEED to FUMIGATE!!!!TUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHBIHCOULDNEVAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!

  • Wayup!

    And Patty justa reaching out ...like the woman with the issue a blood...." If I could just but touch.....Retha was " What was that tryna touch on me!!!!!!.. white House NEED to FUMIGATE!!!!TUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHBIHCOULDNEVAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!

  • Wayup!

    the ORIGINAL " Bow Down Bit!ches Queen"!!!!

  • Wayup!

    the ORIGINAL " Bow Down Bit!ches Queen"!!!!

  • Wayup!
  • Wayup!
  • Wayup!

    All Jokes aside Jenny is the ONE..
    Looks as well *Personal Background * Saninging=
    JENNIFER......PERIOD

  • Wayup!

    All Jokes aside Jenny is the ONE..
    Looks as well *Personal Background * Saninging=
    JENNIFER......PERIOD

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Rest in peace to the Queen Of Soul!

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Rest in peace to the Queen Of Soul!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I'm on my way home listening to Aretha's version of This Girl's in Love with You, followed by A Brand New Me!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I'm on my way home listening to Aretha's version of This Girl's in Love with You, followed by A Brand New Me!

  • Solstice

    Yes! I love Chaka too!! It’s so very heartwarming to see how many people Ms. Aretha was able to touch throughout her journey! ???

  • Solstice

    Yes! I love Chaka too!! It’s so very heartwarming to see how many people Ms. Aretha was able to touch throughout her journey! ???

  • FukkFolks2018

    Awe Loca! Tx hun

  • FukkFolks2018

    Awe Loca! Tx hun

  • FukkFolks2018

    Me too. I just KNEW she was gonna pull through again. Jesus said you are coming with me this time Ms. Franklin!

  • FukkFolks2018

    Me too. I just KNEW she was gonna pull through again. Jesus said you are coming with me this time Ms. Franklin!

  • KcoolMuziq

    Jennifer has been constantly working. She is now working as a coach on The Voice UK version and had been in countless plays like Hair Spray. She recently performed live here in my city a few weeks ago. And Of course she was picked recently to play Aretha Franklin. Just because U the average person haven’t seen her . Doesnt mean she’s not working.

    U seem very judgemental. I would hate to have U as a fan of mine.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Jennifer has been constantly working. She is now working as a coach on The Voice UK version and had been in countless plays like Hair Spray. She recently performed live here in my city a few weeks ago. And Of course she was picked recently to play Aretha Franklin. Just because U the average person haven’t seen her . Doesnt mean she’s not working.

    U seem very judgemental. I would hate to have U as a fan of mine.

  • Kay Gee

    I can't explain it, but I just know that for me she had 2-3 really good songs and as she aged and became a "suspected" drug user her voice just wasn't the business for me.

  • Kay Gee

    I can't explain it, but I just know that for me she had 2-3 really good songs and as she aged and became a "suspected" drug user her voice just wasn't the business for me.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Rest in peace ???

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Rest in peace ???

  • Solstice

    Cool. ?? I respect that ?

  • Solstice

    Cool. ?? I respect that ?

  • Victorious82

    I used to like Jennifer, even though I didn’t like her acting style. When she tried to play her sons father as abusive just to get out of having to pay him child support I deemed her as lame. If I don’t like someone’s acting doesn’t mean I’m judgemental. Kelly Rowland was a judge on the UK X Factor so was the Ex pussy cat chick. That means nothing to me. That’s like C list celeb status. She might as well sign up for Celeb big brother. She’s not a box office draw and she’s not pulling big roles like she was after her big year about 10 years ago. I don’t hate the girl. I just don’t like her acting style and I don’t really like her ways. Big friggin deal. We done? Is we finished?

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Glad you're still up in here. Miss you too bew ?

  • Miss Thang

    I draw a lot of strength from this strong. I am a child of God. Just because someone treated me badly doesn't mean I identify with that experience. I am still a rose because I was born a rose, and no one can take that away!

  • Rayne

    That’s the best part ???

  • Rayne

    And she showed out lol

  • Wayup!

    CHILLLLEEEE!!!!!LMAOOOO

  • hottlanta

    I had to show my gurl Fantasia tribute to Aretha. I forget Michael Clarke Duncan introduced Fantasia as well. When she gets to the end and say Aretha I LOVE YOU and the women on the front row bow down. Pure Classic tribute to the queen.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRWzzaB-Png

  • Rahab

    Mine too! Aside from your hilarious font, the gravi made you a blog favorite. It's my Birthday and I am honored to share the day for the Queen's home going. I get to hear Re-Re on this day until I meet her in heaven.

  • Rahab

    Ravinia was an annual treat to see the Queen. Now it's so popular I don't even bother. Good lineups though.

  • Rahab

    Me too, Chicago Theather. Jammed until the stroke of midnight.

  • andrice

    Does it matter?

  • Li-Wright

    Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin: David Ritz: 9780316196819
    This is the best one. The one she wrote with Ritz, From these Roots, is sugar coated.

  • Li-Wright

    What????

  • What???

    I agree that patty is only good for screamin rolling all around the floor but Chaka can call him in a Pop/R&B style. She took it to the limit for the pop’ish style in R&B, I’ll Chaka that.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    There is a longstanding rumor that Aretha was infected with HIV/AIDS, she caught from one of her down-low male hustlers.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    That's one side of her personality. She was also petty and insecure.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Hugs

  • samuel severino

    She passed away on Monday. Her family wanted it kept quiet because they needed time to get some of her business affairs in order. Just like I said on Monday and people rushed out to combat the info leaking out by saying that she was at home laughing and hanging out and getting ready for a “tribute concert.”

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    One of my faves as a teen ???
    https://youtu.be/9tadGA5QJbU

  • Solstice

    Yess!! Me too! She touched so many throughout her life but this one always hit home for me too!!

  • WhoKnew

    R.I.P. Sail on Queen....

    I have been listening to all of the accolades of praise about Ms. Ri today and even though she was born in Memphis so many from the "D" are saying they are so proud that she chose to make Detroit her home. I would too. Our history is important to us and she was a playmaker in our history.

    My son recently had to shoot a Netflix show in the "D" last week and he was also there last month and now knowing how very ill she was, I know it was very unlikely he would have had a chance of running into her (because they were all over the "D" shooting) but I would have loved for my son to meet her, just be in her presence for 2 minutes to have a quick conversation about her life, her iconic history, etc. Not only was she beautiful we all know that woman could sang!!!!

  • FukkFolks2018

    I totally believe this as well

  • KcoolMuziq

    “When she tried to play her sons father as abusive just to get out of having to pay him child support I deemed her as lame.”

    We do agree on something..
    ?

  • KcoolMuziq

    She wasn’t originally an actress. Wasn’t suppose to be. She was just thrown into it by auditioning for “Dreamgirls”. Which was quite a feat in itself.

  • Ebony Starr

    Yes, that's where we were.

  • https://www.thewhatsup.org Hair Lova ???

    Wait.. What???? Omg
    At this point it doesn’t really matter. She was a great songstress that will surly be missed.

    Omg

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Happy Birthday! ?????
    Have fun tonight! Don't do anything I would do! ????

  • free

    baby, i'm ordering it now!

  • FukkFolks2018

    Happy birthday!!! Hope it was FUN

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Shyt who ain't

  • Rahab

    Thanks Sandra! Left the Chi to hang in Duval County. FL girl at heart. #FAMU

  • Kimocha

    https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0003/388/MI0003388856.jpg?partner=allrovi.com

    This is one of my favorite Aretha songs.... "Jump To It".... Written and produced by Luther Vandross.....

  • Kimocha

    Yesss! Written and produced by Ms. Lauryn Hill....

  • parisjok

    this is one of the most beautiful pictures ever of our queen that I loved seeing her play piano and singing. I loved all of her songs. all of them. I now realize that I did not pay as much attention to her as I should have when she was here

  • parisjok

    just saw Chaka last night and OMG she has gained so much more weight after losing it the last time. still love her and she can still sang

  • Kay Gee

    You got your wish Solstice - Chaka got to sing, she wasn't as horrible as my mind thought when we were having this discussion.

  • Solstice

    ?Yes! I remember ????