Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Aretha Franklin's bass player: She was a great person

Aretha Franklin's bass player: She was a great person

Franklin died at 9:50 her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin's family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, reported CNN. Franklin, who has been battling pancreatic cancer for many years, was in the presence of her family in Detroit at the time of her death.

Franklin's family described her as "the matriarch and rock of our family", saying that her death was "one of the darkest moments of our lives". "We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends".

Many may not know it but the Queen of Soul's "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" was her first hit record.

"This is very personal for me, as you can probably tell", he said, trying to hold back his tears. "As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time", the statement concluded.

"Iconic composer and singer-songwriter Carole King, who was one of the writers for Franklin's hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", also expressed her admiration for the late singer.

Franklin performed at Caesars Windsor in February 2016.

"I can't help but feel inspired by someone who was as gifted and as fearless as she was", he said. "In a lot of ways her music, her voice has been the soundtrack of my life".

Clive Davis, chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment, said in a statement he was "absolutely devastated by Aretha's passing".

Aretha Franklin's Family Planning Public Viewing at Detroit Museum
Last November, at the age of 75, she gave her final performance at a gala in NY in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation. Streisand wrote that it's "difficult to conceive of a world without her" alongside a photo of them together in 2012.

That same year she was tapped to sing at the memorial service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. where she performed a stirring rendition of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand". While that didn't pan out, it rekindled Franklin's career, which had struggled at the turn of the decade as disco reigned above soul and Atlantic let her contract expire.

But it was on that day nearly a decade ago, where she brought the house down one more time, signing "My Country "Tis of Thee," while the United States" first black President watched in awe, along with millions of other Americans. As if that wasn't incredible enough, she wasn't done smashing records and also became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the second in the UK Hall of Fame.

Fox News did not immediately reply to a subsequent email by EW pointing out that LaBelle and Franklin were neither on stage nor photographed together. The undisputed "Queen of Soul" was a consummate professional with one of the greatest and most identifiable voices in the history of recorded music.

She had ended the performance with what were see as cryptic words at the time: "Please keep me in your prayers".

"I'm a young cat and everybody still in my generation is listening to her". Yet another great example of the melismatic style which every soul singer has attempted to imitate.

Before Aretha made her entrance, two stony-faced bodyguards took their places at either end of the room.

The singer continued to cancel shows between 2011 and 2018 on doctor's orders while she recovered from illness.

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