Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, resting following remarkable memorial service

Aretha Franklin leaves behind historic R&B legacy.

Aretha Franklin exits as legend.

Blog King, Mass Appeal

DETROIT, Mich — R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Eddie Kane Jr., lead singer of the Five Heartbeats, once yelped “nights like this I wish raindrops would fall.” And that’s exactly how many of us feel after learning the quietus of legendary singer Aretha Franklin who passed away Thursday morning while encircled by family in her hometown of Detroit. She was 76. Cause of death is pancreatic cancer. Aretha will now rock the mic from that great big recording studio in the sky.

“Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls,” tweeted singer Paul McCartney. “She will be missed but the memory of her greatness… will live with us forever.” Aretha married twice. Got divorced twice. And had 4 children.

Personally, I’m glad I got a chance to cover her recital several years ago at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. I remember Aretha giving scintillating quotes for my news article. But the publication’s so superannuated, I’ll have to do some serious digging to find it.

Anyway, let’s confabulate on the Queen’s illustrious legacy.

Born the daughter of a Memphis pastor in 1942, Aretha made a name for herself while performing in daddy’s gospel choir following a family migration to the Motor City. Her vocals were so nonpareil, Columbia Records signed her to a lucrative deal in 1960. She was only 18 at the time.

After spending 7 years on Columbia’s label, Aretha discovered greener pastures with Atlantic Records — inking a new contract in 1967. That’s when she concocted fabled hits “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” and “Natural Woman.” The aforementioned tracks helped Aretha garner 18 Grammy Awards.

And, in 1987, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Aretha, RIP babygirl.

Heaven just gained a new gospel singer.

Like Paul said, you’ll be missed but not forgotten.

One more item of note… Aretha has an estate worth $80 million. She also has 4 kids and no will. There’s no trust either. Now there’s a good chance things could get contentious in probate court.“I was after her for a number of years to do a trust,” said Los Angeles attorney Don Wilson, who represented Aretha for 28 years. “It would have expedited things and kept them out of probate, and kept things private.” Aretha’s quartet of doddery whippersnappers — Clarence, 63, Edward, 61, Ted, 54, and Kecalf, 48 — filed documents Tuesday, listing themselves as interested parties of her unclaimed capital. Let’s pray there’s no wrangling and backstabbing during the impending allotment. After all, money is known to make an ass out of people. I say give each kid $20 million apiece in cash and tangible assets, then call it the day.

Hell… Aretha, 76, is damn near the same age as her kids.

They’ll understand.

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Praying so sad. I love her.

  2. Empressjahlight angeleyes

    Love you so much !! I”m praying fur you …

  3. Pascal De Greef

    R.I.P. Aretha

  4. God bless u Aretha



  7. We all gotta go one day. I pray she is at peace with God and has repented of her sins. Love you Aretha❤❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏

  8. Patricia Borntrager

    It is a sad day. But boy were we blessed by her voice. Now God has his angel back. He just loaned her to the world for bit. Thank you!

  9. “Powers keep on lyin’
    While your people keep on dyin’
    World keep on turnin’
    ‘Cause it won’t be too long”–S.W.

    I will miss Aretha, her music emcompassed so much of my generation.

  10. Kung-Fu Kenny Family

    R.I.P Stephen Hawking , Fredo santana , XXX , Avicii , Barbara Bush , Queen Aretha Franklin 👑and all People we lost this Year💔.

  11. R.I.P. …. ah ain’t no way! She’s gonna continue singing until Heaven is no more. Who’s gonna stop this “Force of Nature?” God? …. IDTS ! …. He’ll simply sit back and enjoy the concert. So, Watch out Heaven! Cause Aretha has arrived! The Queen of Soul is gonna shake the heavenly rafters with a concert that literally will be out of this universe.

  12. To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord

  13. Tomiko Dickinson

    She was a beautiful woman with amazing soul there are no words rip Aretha always for ever🙏🏼.

  14. Karlyn Dickson

    Rest In Peace beautiful soul 😘my my my what a sad day but a happy one because she’s not in pain any more 😔

  15. Christopher Alex Pavlidis-Garkinis

    I will always remember how she was in her live performances as I will in her interviews- proud, passionate, sometimes throwing shade at others, but never boring and never doing anything with regret. Always speaking her mind and doing so with attitude and spirit. She was important to so many – to women, to African-Americans, to fellow singers and to music lovers like me. I will always remember her fierce and energeric stage presence, deeply soulful and electrifying voice and amazing tone.

    Her legendary hits Respect, Chain of fools, Freedom, Say a little prayer, or her famous singoff at Divas live 1998 against Celine Dion. Her 1980’s duets with Annie Lennox and George Michael also amazing, her performances in both
    Blues brothers films and at President Obama’ inauguration will be forever remembered.

    What a hugeee loss to the music world and to Western culture; the world has lost a true icon. 😕😢


  17. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    R.I.P. Aretha Franklin

  18. Total R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the lady legend living on in all our hearts!

  19. Michaela Castalaña

    I’m literally in tears. Aretha Franklin was like an idol to me. I’ve always wanted to sing just like her. This saddens me so much! My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to her family. 🙏🏼😭❤️

  20. Warren Fayuant

    Her work is Done.. Inspired by a life well lived.. Thank you Aretha… your voice touched my heart… ❣🎶😢

  21. We’ve lost so many this year..😭

  22. R.l.p angel 🙏🌹🌷

  23. I always love you, Aretha. I always miss you so much. You are so beautiful.🌹💐💔😢💧

  24. RIP Ms Franklin, always will be the Queen of Soul

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