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2 thoughts on “Aretha Franklin, “Queen of Soul,” dies at 76”
The world just got emptier.
Everyone is calling Aretha Franklin the, “Queen of Soul”, when in fact she would be more correctly referred to as, “The High Priestess of Soul”. That’s what we called her in the 60’s and 70’s.
That singular appellation reflects her radiantly spiritual voice.
I just watch her sing, Nessun Dorma at the 1998 Grammys, when she filled in for an ailing Luciano Pavoratti.
As melancholy began to set in, I chased that one with her, Blues Brothers ,”Respect”, number.
Great way to start the day.
Here’s Aretha singing “Angel”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5z5vulgiGI