Aretha, Queen of Soul, dies

by Grania

Aretha Franklin died in Detroit today reportedly from advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76. The world has lost an irreplaceable voice, although her music will be immortal.

People are paying tribute to her life and her work from all over the globe.

 

 

 

 

58 Comments

  1. Bruce Cochrane
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    A great loss, but as you say, her music will live on.

    I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for a tribute from the current office of the White House.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 10:47 am | Permalink

      I wouldn’t want him to offer a tribute, and if he does, it wouldn’t be sincere, just parroting something somebody else wrote, and he doesn’t even do parroting well at all — you can tell he doesn’t mean it. Then he’d probably tweet something racially and sexually disparaging later on.

      • darrelle
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

        +1

      • Marta
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 11:51 am | Permalink

        He is not fit to carry her furs, and if her name crosses his stupid, ugly, orange lips, I hope that’s the first place the shit weasel develops necrotizing fasciitis.

        This not my best curse, but I’m too sad to think more.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

        Egg-fuckin’-zactly. I’ve never heard him mention music, or dance, or art, or movies, or literature, except for the books that bear his name (but which he clearly did not write) and the bible (which he clearly has never read). It’s no time to start pretending otherwise now, asshole.

        • Mark R.
          Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

          I think the only thing he cares about when it comes to ‘down-time’ is golf. Not much thought involved, just muscle memory and choosing the correct club.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

            Yeah, and cheatin’ like hell on the scorecard.

            You can tell a lot about someone’s character by the respect (or lack thereof) with which he or she plays his or her favorite sport.

            • Merilee
              Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

              Why am I not surprised?

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

        +1. She was wonderful, and I don’t want my memories of her being tainted by him saying her name.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      You were on the money Bruce – this is what the Orange One said according to a pool report at a WH cabinet meeting today [Thursday US] – putting himself at the centre of greatness: “I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific—Aretha Franklin—on her passing. She brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come.”

      In his Tweet about her death he gives god the glory for her great voice

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

        gag

  2. Posted August 16, 2018 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    FOr me, all the videos — all of them — are “unavailable”. Without any reason.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      WMG [Warner Music Group] have been geo-blocking Germany, but I didn’t think they did if to France.

  3. Jon Mummaw
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    I’ll never forget her performance of …A Natural Woman at the 2015, Kennedy Center Honors, for all the reasons apparent in the video.

  4. mikeyc
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    The world is significantly less beautiful now. RIP.

  5. darrelle
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    An Icon. So sad when someone so iconic for so long dies. Brings to mind thoughts like “all glory is fleeting,” and, to riff off an example of Christopher Hitchens’, though the party does continue on for us it might not be quite so fine a party as it was before.

    But as others have pointed out her music will be a part of the party for a long time to come.

    Irreverently, I’ve got an urge to re-watch The Blues Brothers.

  6. Merilee
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    That wonderful marching up and down the counters version of Think!

  7. Merilee
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    ✔️✔️

  8. Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    A big loss. She was wonderful.

    Indeed, watch The Blues Brothers, if for nothing else just to hear her say, “shit!” after Matt Guitar Murphy leaves the cafe.

    Of course, we just lost him in June too. (Dunn and Rubin are gone too.)

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Still got Tom “Triple Scale” Scott blowin’ away on the sax, though.

  9. Mark R.
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    This is a nice tribute Grania, thanks. Good choice of tweets, very moving.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      +1

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    I always suspected, after SCOTUS signed off on same-sex marriage in Obergefell and that religious wacko clerk-of-court in Kentucky refused to grant the same-sex couple a marriage license, and both sides took to protesting and hollering at each other in front of the courthouse — I always suspected that if someone showed up on the courthouse steps with an ice chest full of beer and a cassette of Aretha singing “Respect” from a boom-box, well, that pretty soon both sides would’ve started dancing together and that the nice same-sex couple would’ve got the marriage certificate, and the respect, they goddamn well deserved.

    But maybe that’s just me.

  11. Christopher
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I am ashamed to admit that I never saw here perform nor do I own any of her albums. How I could have allowed this situation to develop is beyond me. I’ll have to rectify the deficit in album ownership tout de suite.
    I’m also grateful that the sjw’s never went after her for A Natural Woman, which of course probable offends trans and LGBTQ persons.

  12. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I still remember the first time I heard “Respect”.

    She got it.0

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

      Even my keyboard is upset; there should be no cryptic “0” in there.

  13. Posted August 16, 2018 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  14. PatrickQ
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    At the 1998 Grammy Awards, she was asked to fill in at the last minute for a sick Pavarotti. Her performance of Nessun Dorma is amazing.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      Somebody put this up back when Jerry did a post a coupla years ago about the greatest soul music vocal performances. I hadn’t heard it before that. (Guess I skipped the Emmys that year.)

      My goosebumps still get goosebumps of their own every time I hear it.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      I was just going to post that but you beat me to the punch. The woman could sing anything. I bet she could sing some dynamite Peking Opera, too, if she’d wanted to.

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

        I would have loved to hear her sing the mad scene from Norma.

        • Merilee
          Posted August 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

          Or the Queen of the Night.

          • Jenny Haniver
            Posted August 16, 2018 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

            Ha! Which one – Mozart or Whitney Houston? I say both!

            BTW Terri Gross reprises a 1999 interview with Aretha Franklin today on Fresh Air https://www.npr.org/2018/08/16/638355847/aretha-franklin-the-fresh-air-interview

            • Michael Fisher
              Posted August 16, 2018 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

              That’s good. Some interesting titbit’s. Gross asks long questions! Thanks

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted August 16, 2018 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

                TG’s the best interviewer around, you ask me. People can take issue with her style if they wanna, but she’s always maximally prepared, and almost always interviews people she has an abiding interest in. It shows.

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted August 16, 2018 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

                I know Gross. I like Gross. I’m an international Brit – like many Brits!

              • Merilee
                Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

                Gross is good, but dare I say that sometimes I find her a tad too earnest”

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

                I agree with that. I’m very agreeable today! 🙂

              • Merilee
                Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

                But are you earnestly agreeable?🤓

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted August 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

                My mam had a huge handbag – a typical female accoutrement of the ’50s – suitable for use as a dinghy should the need arise. It horribly fascinated me, so maybe I’m a deep cover Oirish Earnest – waiting unknowingly for the code sequence that sheds my Michael cover. Hope not.

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted August 16, 2018 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

                Dame Maggie Smith my favourite. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie her best role – long before she soiled her hands & bulged her bank account with Downton Abbey & Harry Potter! She’s over 80 – bit of a shock.

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

                “I’m an international Brit”

                I know you are, Michael; I made you for being pretty hip about Yank culture right from the jump. 🙂

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

                ta – you’re a good egg Ken

            • Merilee
              Posted August 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

              Mozart!

              • Jenny Haniver
                Posted August 16, 2018 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

                I was sure that’s what you meant, but when I was looking for a video of the Mozart, I saw a video of the Whitney Houston song, and said to myself, that’d be damned fine, good too. But Aretha doing the Mozart would have been absolutely spectacular, especially in costume, in the opera.

              • Merilee
                Posted August 16, 2018 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

                ❗️

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      That’s already taken down “Video unavailable” due to copyright claim by The Recording Academy, who own the Grammys. Here’s the same performance that hasn’t yet been whisked away from us:

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

        Hoping the other videos of Nessun Dorma stay up. The fucking Recording Academy. They don’t care about music, all they care about are the bucks. Too bad Aretha didn’t sing “Money, Money, Money.” But on reflection, that’s a song I sincerely doubt that she would have wanted to sing, given the narcissistic and avaricious sentiments expressed in the song.

        A friend just sent me this video of her singing “Say a Little Prayer” in 1970 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_qHlFuopvM (hope it hasn’t already been posted), when she was so fresh and young, bright-eyed and hopeful, though I don’t think that she ever lost hope. She maintained buon corragio all through her life.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted August 16, 2018 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

          Bacharach & David wrote “I Say a Little Prayer” for Dionne Warwick. It was a huge smash although Bacharach worried before release in ’66 it was too fast a tempo, but the public disagreed with him. He was right though! This version is far superior – with a bluer, slower tempo that matches the sentiment of the lyrics.

          I have a suspicion that 1970 clip is lip synced unless she insisted otherwise – the host, Cliff Richard, used to sync his BBC TV stuff

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      And as a backup there’s this version from as recent as 2015 [great pipes for 72 years of age!] – with black fur coat. She’s singing for a criminal organisation:

  15. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    As Grania pointed out in the Hili dialogue this morning, Elvis dies on this day in 1977. Fitting, I suppose, that The King & The Queen depart on the same date.

    That’s royalty even I can get behind.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Yup. +1 for that royalty.

  16. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 17, 2018 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I understand Fox News used a picture of Patti LaBelle instead of Aretha during its coverage of her death. Figures.

    Tells you pretty much what you need to know about Fox. Res ipsa loquitur.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      effing annoying Ken. This is what many US online newspapers look like from the EU:-

      LOS ANGELES TIMES: Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market.

      But Variety is accessible LINK to us 2nd class Euros

  17. Michael Fisher
    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon, Tonight Show: Ariana Grande & The Roots Perform “Natural Woman” in Tribute to Aretha Franklin. Very credible effort from a 5ft tall soprano with four octave range – I thought she was an autotune star until this:

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 18, 2018 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      Damn, I had no idea that little gal could sing like that. The fuck is she doing puttin’ out that cheesy, over-produced pop crap when she’s got pipes like this?

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted August 18, 2018 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

        I know. Inferior singers have been taught various vocal ‘mannerisms’ designed to hide their limitations [small range, can’t hold a note, warbling when belting it out]. She learned to sing by copying a handful of established artistes – two of them Whitney Houston [the awful eardrum splitter I Will Always Love You] & Mariah Carey [Butterfly, Can’t Take That Away & many other vocal scale exercises disguised as tunes] she absolutely adores, but honestly it’s a bad idea to build your talent on the foundation of those two overwrought, histrionic warblers.

        The problem is her audience is still teen pop [Manchester bombing concert was heavily pre-teen/teen girlie fans] – that limits the style & lyrics severely, you’re stuck with the usual mind-numbing stuff about love & loss…

        But I’m waiting for her new album because 50% of the tracks are produced/co-written with Pharrell Williams – could be good. Maybe.

        Another problem is her earnings are also in fashion, shoes etc & she can’t shift quickly from her base & her ponytail image. A lot of these singers really need good writers – equivalent to Carole King/Gerry Goffin who can introduce more mature, less sugary themes into the lives of stars living in bubbles who don’t have to grow up. I dunno if such writers exist today.


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