Trump, Obama, Clinton react to Aretha Franklin's death

Trump, Obama, Clinton react to Aretha Franklin's death

Trump, Obama, Clinton react to Aretha Franklin's death

She later sang those three songs in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers and its sequelDaily MirrorThe Queen of Soul with James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, at the Taboo nightclub in her home town of Detroit in 1987Rob Kozloff/APThe singer in Chicago with Oprah Winfrey during the broadcaster's star-studded farewell showCharles Rex Arbogast/APFranklin performing on the opening night of a run of shows at the Aladdin in Las Vegas in June 1978Lee McDonald/Las Vegas News Bureau/ReutersThe star in 1968, shortly after signing with Atlantic Records in NY.

President Donald Trump is facing backlash after he remembered Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin as "someone who worked for me" following her Thursday death.

The Detroit Free Press - her hometown newspaper - bid "Farewell to our Queen".

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She never considered herself an "activist", but Aretha Franklin did more for civil rights and blurring the lines of race than she could have known. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female. She also revealed that she was donating her famous 2009 inauguration hat to the Obama Presidential Library, "That hat took on a life of its own". Her family made Detroit their home just a few short years later and she grew up singing in her dad's house of worship, New Bethel Baptist Church on Linwood. "She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human".

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Clinton and his wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, yesterday hailed her as "one of America's greatest national treasures". A 1986 duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", hit number one in several countries.

Aretha Franklin's ties to Buffalo
Beyoncé and Jay-Z sent their love and well-wishes to Aretha Franklin by dedicating their Detroit OTR II show to the Queen of Soul. Aretha never forgot Buffalo and would often talk call out Queen City street names that she remembered while performing on stage.

An official with the City of Detroit says her body will lie in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History for two days.

In 2010, she suffered serious health problems, but continued to perform until late past year, singing last in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY.

Remembering Aretha Franklin's New York City days
Aretha may have passed on to a better place, but the gift of her music remains to inspire us all. Clarence La Vaughn and Barbara Franklin, both of whom were also gospel singers.

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