Majesty and Urgency: Aretha Franklin Remembered, By Her Peers and Her Heirs

The singer, whose hit songs include "Chain of Fools" and 'Think, ' had a long-standing professional relationship with Wonder, with whom she performed 13 years ago at the Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Pasadena, California. "Her sincerity is unforgettable", the 68-year-old singer said.

"Aretha was my ace", he continued. "What a voice. What a great body of work that inspired so many people". "She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry", they said.

She told Detroit station WDIV-TV that same summer, when she was 72, that she was determined to never be "grossly overweight" again, adding that she was in much better shape than previous parts of her life.

Regardless of their politics, it's safe to say that Obama's post was a bit more eloquently put, considering how his message honoring Franklin, well, actually honored her.

"We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on". "And so we were really, really close and to do anything with her was always a joy". "To this day I still listen to that record and I still get goosebumps".


"You know, for the last couple of days, it has not been good. Aretha and I were just tight", Robinson told GMA host Robin Roberts.

- Details about the visitation and funeral for The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin have been released. "All of our other friends that we grew up with were gone". While both women performed during the event, they didn't actually share a stage together.

"Aretha had a great sense of humor". "She could throw down in the kitchen".

But for the most part, she goes undetected.

Ch-ch-check out Ari's Aretha tribute (above) and watch the rest of her Tonight Show clips (below)! Just being around her was electrifying.

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