Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin, who helped usher in the musical revolution of the 1960s and scored a string of huge hits after signing with Atlantic in 1967, died this morning, Thursday, Aug. 16, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Franklin had been under hospice care at her home in Riverfront Towers in Detroit after being reported Monday, Aug. 13, to be near death. High-profile visitors including Stevie Wonder and the Rev. Jesse Jackson had come to pay their respects to Franklin during the week.
Franklin died on the anniversary of the death of another music icon — Elvis Presley, who died on Aug. 16, 1977.
Franklin, who was widely known as Lady Soul and the Queen of Soul, was a major player in the vibrant music scene of the late Sixties, with hits including “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and “Do Right Woman — Do Right Man.”
Here’s a clip of Franklin knocking it out of the park with “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” as a tribute to Carole King at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015 …