Aretha Franklin's music rising on charts following her death

Aretha Franklin's music rising on charts following her death

Given 20 minutes' notice, she delivered a deathless version of Nessun dorma in his steadHENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty ImagesSinging Amazing Grace in Philadelphia in 2015. Fans have been paying their respect by leaving balloons and flowers outside the church.

- Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee.

- In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1977, Franklin sang for Jimmy Carter at the Kennedy Center the night before his inauguration. He says she helped define the American experience and the gift of her music remains to inspire us all.

A professional singer and accomplished pianist by her late teens and a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time. "She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human".

Aretha Franklin dies at 76
US President Donald Trump also paid tribute to Franklin as "a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice". Davis freshened Franklin's sound while retaining her deep gospel roots, and the result was a late-career run of hits.

Likewise, Bill and Hillary Clinton also wrote: "Hillary and I mourn the loss of our friend Aretha Franklin, one of America's greatest national treasures". A date for the funeral at the church has not yet been given, and it's not known yet if it will be open to the public. A 1986 duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", hit number one in several countries. The singer is now in her native Detroit surrounded by family and friends.

- In 2017, she announced her retirement from touring.

The same farewell was given to civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005. That same year, Detroit named a street after her.

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