Queen of soul
Aretha Franklin is “gravely ill,” according to reports from TMZ and Detroit’s NBC-affiliated news channel WDIV Local 4. Morning anchor Evrod Cassimy says he confirmed the news with Franklin’s family this morning. “Right now, Aretha’s asking people here in the city of Detroit, where she calls home, to pray for her,” Cassimy revealed, stating that further details will be reported as they come in. A source reportedly close to Franklin told CNN’s Don Lemon that Franklin is in hospice care. Pitchfork has reached out to Aretha Franklin’s representatives.
In 2017, Franklin announced plans to retire. “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now,” she said at the time. Franklin is 76 years old (Pitchfork).
The news this week that Aretha is not doing well made my heart heavy for a couple of reasons. Obviously, her voice and importance in music history being one of them. The above clip is my absolute favorite that I've seen yet. To me, it's a legendary performance and I love Carole King and Barrack Obama's facial expressions throughout her performance.
Her voice is prominent in not only gospel and soul music, but in pop music as well. She bridged the gap between gospel music and more sensual R&B with jazz and some precision of pop music.
I wish Aretha, her family, friends and fans the best in this desperate time.
Best to Aretha.