先日、地元デトロイトで危篤状態にあると伝えられていたソウルの女王（the legendary Queen of Soul）、アレサ・フランクリン（Aretha Franklin）が76歳で死去したとTMZ等海外メディアが報道した。公式に原因は明らかにされていないが、膵癌の闘病生活を送っていたことが知られている。
アレサ・フランクリンは“Respect”や“（You Make Me Feel Like）A Natural Woman”など、歴史的なヒット曲を世に送り出した。
Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) 2018年8月16日
— Carole King (@Carole_King) 2018年8月16日
I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) 2018年8月16日
The moment I wake up, before I put on my make up, I say a little prayer for you
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) 2018年8月16日
RIP Aretha Franklin what a voice x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) 2018年8月16日
Aretha was the greatest of all time. Played 3 songs in a row at my set in Berlin night before last…her music will live forever.
— win butler (@DJWindows98) 2018年8月16日
Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #Aretha
— John Legend (@johnlegend) 2018年8月16日
— ハマ・オカモト (@hama_okamoto) 2018年8月16日
Aretha you were the closest thing I had to knowing a mother . You carried the torch after my own passed . Nursed me in the power of your virtue. I would not be the woman I am today without the deep comfort of your song throughout my life. A Valiant Light on this Earth . I sit here midnite in Melbourne listening to wholy holy with tears rolling down my face. You are immortal and eternally loved. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us soo eloquently . Rest in Power Empress . 🌹
The 3 seconds it takes for #ArethaFranklin to oooooze out the words “Sittin around..” is as pure & creative & as honest as any singer I’ve ever seen when a performance goes beyond mere entertainment. THIS is what we need to get back to. where raw genius rises above marketing strategy & monetary reach & “likes” (because let’s face it, look at the Billboard singles/Spotify singles/ITunes singles—-could she even find space to develop this talent? Or just give up & get a reality show and pray this works out? Now figure out the legions of talent that we either dismissed or passed on today or even the mesmerizing talent we’ve been shown near this level that can’t even begin to thrive in this environment without some angle) for those not in the know & wanna know, with the exception of her yet to be seen Sidney Pollack documentary Amazing Grace (her best captured 2 hours 1972 in chu’ch, in her zone in south central Los Angeles—-w The Rolling Stones sitting IN THE DECON SECTION)—-this Performance at the #MontreuxJazzFestival in 71 is as good as it gets: as a singer, as a bandleader (midshow she calls an audible and the brass section just gives up playing & accepts they are just happy to have best seats in the house), as a piano player—-so underrated!—and the fact she has her ace band in tow too (#KingCurtis as MD & #BernardPurdie on drizzums)—-this is her most magical effortless skillful scientific talents on display. Long Live #QueenAretha.
Aretha Franklin – Montreux Jazz Festival (1971)
Aretha Franklin – Respect  (Original Version)
Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Kennedy Center Honors 2015
Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer
Aretha Franklin – I Will Survive (The Aretha Version) (Audio)