Stevie Wonder Reveals His Last Words To Aretha Franklin Before She Died


"It's a continuation of Aretha Franklin Way". "I left his writers" room when we were writing skits and stuff for the show, and my tour manager was in the hallway, and I'm not a crushy person, like I don't have crushes on people I don't know, but I left and I like jokingly said to my tour manager, "I'm marrying him. I was really sad", she said.

Franklin was actually in Denver three years prior to her scheduled Red Rocks performance.

Charles Smith says he's flooded with the memories every time he listens to his Aretha Franklin's music at home with his family in Renton. "Dear @realDonaldTrump: When a queen passes away, you pay your R-E-S-P-E-C-T!" one Twitter user wrote. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female.

Franklin "hated" the rise of Trump.

She sang at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was pastor, and organized the famous Walk to Freedom, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an early version of his "I Have a Dream" speech to more than 100,000 marchers.

Ariana wasn't the only singer paying tribute to the Queen of Soul.

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"Miss Franklin's style is not easily defined - she has the ability to move into an intricate jazz tune and perform vocal gymnastics - and then slip into a simple ballad", a snippet from the newspaper said. "She will be missed!"

"The Denver Blade" also noted Franklin, someone who is now known as the "Queen of Soul", as a "competent pianist - because she sometimes accompanies herself on piano while she sings".

She performed for several presidents, including at the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, the country's first African-American head of state.

"Every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine", the Obamas said. She recorded some blues songs, some jazz standards, and a lot of material in what was seen as a "sophisticated" pop mode; she acquitted herself well, but she hadn't shown what she was capable of doing.

Talent agent Dick Alen recalls she used the cash for their wages and had no real system for taxes, according to 2014 book Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin.

"She wasn't able to speak back, but her family felt that she could hear me, and so I just said all the things that I've always said and told her to say hello to my sister", Wonder said. To us, she was our aunt. Franklin changed the song's meaning, radically, just by singing it in her own, inimitable voice.