Elton John Recalls Aretha Franklin's Final Performance in Heartfelt Tribute

Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John AIDS Foundations 25th Anniversary Gala in New York

We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. She sang the national anthem before Game 1 of the 1993 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays.

When Franklin, a Memphis, Tenn., native, who was raised in Detroit, was awarded the 2005 Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President George W. Bush, the citation noted: "Her instantly recognizable voice has captivated listeners ever since she toured with her father's gospel revue in the 1950s".

Franklin's last album, "A Brand New Me", released in 2017, remixed her vintage vocals with newly recorded arrangements.

Initially living in and out of cheap hotels and leaving her young kids back home in her native Detroit, the young singer cut her teeth at local jazz venues like the Village Vanguard and Village Gate.

"She sang some seriously stupid s-t".

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She was the mother of four sons: Clarence, Edward, Ted and Kecalf. But there's one more performance of an American-themed song that should be included here.

Franklin, who sang with matchless style on such classics as Think, I Say a Little Prayer and her signature song, Respect, announced her retirement from touring past year.

Rhythm and blues singer Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Clinton in Washington on January 19, 1993. No matter how the music has changed over the years, she remained so relevant.

By the end of the year, Franklin was starring in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

After news of her death broke Thursday, fans who remembered seeing the legendary diva in her heyday flocked to the Apollo with flowers. "From seeing her as a baby singing and playing at the piano at her father's home, to her giving a rousing performance at the White House, she has always been awesome". "She took you to church even if she was singing about a no-good man". Robert Kennedy. In 2010, she won a Grammy for "You've Got a Friend", recorded with Ronald Isley.

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