DETROIT, MI – Sadly it is reported that Detroit’s own legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has died. The 76-year-old songstress was surrounded by her family and loved ones at her home in Detroit’s Riverfront Towers at the time of her death.
Aretha was born in Memphis Tennessee but she called Detroit home. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. At the age of 18, in 1960, she signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. She had what is considered modest success with Columbia. It was not until she signed with Atlantic Records in 1967 that the real Aretha Franklin began to shine.
While she was with Atlantic she gave the public music that we still live with and sing today. Those include “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think”. She had a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles.
Today we remember the gifts that she left for all of us to enjoy.