Let’s revisit that time when Aretha Franklin made Barack Obama cry

14 August, 2018, 18:23 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Aretha Franklin in 1969 two years after she rose to fame with Otis Redding’s Respect

Franklin, who had battled undisclosed health issues in recent years, canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.

In 1987, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The soul singer Aretha Franklin was said to be seriously ill and surrounded by family and friends in hospice care yesterday.

One person influenced by Franklin is Desiree Washington, a local singer who performs as the legend in the musical.

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But though friends have disclosed the "Respect" singer has "been ill for a long time", her family remain hopeful she will pull through.

Tim also said that while the 76-year-old singer "is sick", her family is "trying to keep her spirits up and go from there". "She performed on stage and on the big screen in movies as well, but it's that voice and that power that people remember so fondly", he said.

Yesterday, reports emerged saying Aretha was "gravely ill in Detroit", with Roger Friedman saying in his Showbiz 411 column: "The family is asking for prayers and privacy".

"She's alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people", Tim Franklin told People following the news of her illness Monday.

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In 2005, Ms. Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W. Bush.

"We love you and thank you", she told the audience, per the Detroit Free Press. Just weeks ago, Pastor Smith says she contacted him about performing at the church's annual benefit concert. Rumors circulated that her condition placed her "near death", but her family has backed off that claim.

"So many (of them) have given us decades of Timeless music", the rapper wrote on Twitter.

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