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Remembering Aretha Franklin 1942-2018

Aretha Franklin (AP Photo)

In this Jan. 28, 1972 file photo, vocalist Aretha Franklin sings a few notes into microphone. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo)


The loss of Aretha Franklin, who passed away this morning in her hometown of Detroit, is a devastating one. Few voices have dominated American music for the past six decades with such spirit, might, soul, hope and consequence. She was 76 and had been battling pancreatic cancer.

She was beloved by our FUV staff and listeners and we'll be paying her the proper respect on the radio via her music — there is no better requiem than hearing her voice soar on iconic songs like "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Respect," "I Say A Little Prayer," "Young, Gifted and Black," and so much more. And for songwriters like Nina Simone, Carole King, Otis Redding or Burt Bacharach and Hal David, few singers could cover their compositions like Aretha.

In the words of Franklin's family on Thursday, "We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on."

You can read more about Franklin, one of our FUV Essentials artists, below. Respect and gratitude to the "Queen of Soul."

Aretha Franklin: FUV Essentials
Esperanza Spalding: Five Essential Aretha Franklin Songs
FUV Essentials: Corny O'Connell on Aretha Franklin
NPR Music: Aretha Franklin, 'The Queen of Soul,' Dies at 76
New York Times: Aretha Franklin, 'The Queen of Soul,' Dies at 77
New Yorker: Aretha Franklin: A Legacy in Music