Aretha Franklin has passed away at age 76 from cancer on the same day of the month that Elvis Presley died in 1977. Franklin as a singer, star and icon easily matches, if not surpasses Elvis because that’s how important she was.
Like a number of my generation I only discovered her thanks to The Blues Brothers; a film that seemed to give a second wind to amazing artists of the 1960s who by the late 70s/early 80s were on various degrees of a career slump, but after this were introduced to a whole new audience.
Also Scritti Politti’s Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) was another point that flashed her named up to people unfamiliar with who she was.
Once discovered, few could forget Franklin’s music which will live on hopefully for as long as there’s people, or creatures, who can appreciate her music.
And dear me, there’s so much in her catalogue that is just perfect.
I could go on for hours and hours but there’s never going to be the like again. She’ll be missed but fuck me, what a legacy she leaves.