Franklin's career had its roots with her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, who first urged her to sing at his church, the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.
A celebration of her life will take place for multiple days in Detroit, her hometown where she died Thursday after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. It was this training that allowed Aretha to so effortlessly harness gospel's emotional power with songs like "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman'.
- In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It featured a close-up image of Franklin and a still photo of LaBelle singing in the background.
The multiple Grammy victor cemented her place in USA music history with a powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves.
- Franklin has performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama. "She was a huge Obama supporter, she thought of herself as a Democrat and she was vocal, obviously, as an activist in the civil rights movement".
It will be a four-day event to celebrate her life.
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Another wrote: "America in 2018: Fox News uses a picture of Patti LaBelle during a tribute to Aretha Franklin, apparently confusing the two".
In 2012, Trump tweeted a birthday tribute to the revered singer, writing: 'Happy Birthday to my legendary friend Aretha Franklin'.
"It's hard to conceive of a world without her". "That's all we need", he said in an interview early Friday.
As previously reported, Aretha Franklin passed after enduring several months of deteriorating health.
Paul McCartney called Franklin an inspiration and "the Queen of our souls", while Diana Ross hailed her "wonderful golden spirit". They have all been involved in her career, and an insider says that they will fight to keep their mom's money in the family.
Ritz said he saw the statement as consistent with Trump's demeaning language about women and minorities, though far less severe than some of his recent observations about black women.