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Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has died, aged 76

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Soul legend Aretha Franklin has died, aged 76, surrounded by immediate family and a few close friends at her home in Detroit.

Franklin had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for eight years, and went through surgery in December 2010.

Praised as one of the greatest soul singers of her generation, Franklin inspired so many artists in her wake.

Aretha has also been paid tribute to in song, including Scritti Politti’s ‘Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)’, whose remix incorporates elements of Franklin’s ‘Rock Steady’.

Aretha Franklin had been making music since she was a teen, teaching herself piano at around 10, and taking part religious in gospel service at her local church in Memphis, Tennesse.

By the age of 14, she was already a recording artist, having issued her first album, Songs of Faith.

In a lustrous career that spanned six decades, Franklin won 18 Grammy awards, and recognition with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement in 1994.

In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors.

Aretha was not only famous for her solo work, but for many duets with artists as diverse as Annie Lennox (Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves) and George Michael (I Knew You Were Waiting), Mary J. Blige (Don’t Waste Your Time), and even American Idol winner, Fantasia (Put You Up On Game was actually her last charting single, in 2007).

Aretha has also been paid tribute to in song, including Scritti Politti’s ‘Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)’, whose remix incorporates elements of Franklin’s ‘Rock Steady’.

Tributes continue to flow online, in honour of a truly gifted and legendary artist.  Antonino Tati

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