Aretha Franklin

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9/11/22-FBI vs. Aretha Franklin

(CNN) There "ain't no way" the highest domestic law enforcement agency in the country was keeping tabs on Aretha Franklin -- but they were. The FBI kept a careful eye on the Queen of Soul and her activism, nothing unusual during the civil rights era when the bureau was monitoring a host of the movement's luminaries. Franklin was best known for her sturdy catalog of R&B and gospel hits, but […]

todaySeptember 11, 2022


9/1/18-Gladys Knight on Whitney

Soul legend Gladys Knight is still struggling with Whitney Houston's drug-related death, because she didn't see it coming. As she prepared to perform at a memorial for another music icon, Aretha Franklin, on Thursday the singer had Whitney on her heart and mind, insisting she'll never quite come to terms with her 2012 death. "I had not heard a talent like that," she told the BBC in a new interview. […]

todaySeptember 1, 2018


8/16/18-Queen of Soul Passes

(CNN) Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title "the Queen of Soul," has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76. Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin's family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. The "official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer […]

todayAugust 16, 2018


8/13/18-Aretha Franklin Gravely Ill

Aretha Franklin is reportedly fighting for her life. The 76-year-old's family and friends have reportedly dashed to Detroit, Michigan, where the Queen of Soul grew up, to be by her bedside, according to veteran reporter Roger Friedman in his column "She is gravely ill in Detroit. The family is asking for prayers and privacy," he wrote. "Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her. She will be […]

todayAugust 13, 2018


3/17/18-Aretha ill

Aretha Franklin's health is a concern again after the soul legend pulled out of shows for the next two months under doctor's orders. The Queen of Soul will not be performing on her 76th birthday, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey as planned, and she has also cancelled her appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in April. The singer's management team tells USA Today […]

todayMarch 17, 2018