The Queen

August 16, 2018
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“Everybody wants respect.”
Aretha Franklin in her own words.
“I was concerned. I wasn’t afraid. My faith in God is too great for that.”

Aretha Franklin on her health issues in recent years, including an undisclosed surgery in 2010 in which she asked fans for prayers.

“You weren’t an overnight sensation. You had to work at it and learn your craft: how to take care of your voice, how to pace your concerts, all that trial and error. I paid my dues, I certainly did.”

Franklin, the daughter of a pastor, got her start singing in church. By age 14, she recorded her first album and went on tour with her father's traveling revival show. At age 18 she went to New York, where she signed with Columbia Records.

“Everybody wants respect. In their own way, three-year-olds would like respect, and acknowledgment, in their terms.”

On her 1967 #1 hit & signature song "Respect." Originally recorded by Otis Redding, Franklin proudly acknowledged its civil & female rights roots, noting she had written into her performance contract that she wouldn't sing in front of a segregated crowd.

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“I do appreciate it, absolutely. But some very fine and dynamite people paved the way for me… Sarah (Vaughn), Ella (Fitzgerald), and so on.”

Franklin on how she feels when fellow music artists credit her for their success. She recorded 48 albums, 43 Top 40 singles, won 18 Grammys & was the first female ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
"Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s a lot easier putting it on than taking it off."

Aretha Franklin was married twice. She is survived by her 4 sons.
"I love Wal-Mart and not just because my record is there. You can get some things there that you cannot find at Saks or Bergdorf’s or other upscale stores."

Aretha Franklin also used Walmart to workout. She told the NYPost: I walk the Super Walmarts, the biggest ones. If people are in the aisle and the store happens to be crowded that day, I go to other aisles.

Aretha Franklin passed away Aug. 16, 2018 at the age of 76.

by Jenna Lee,