Aretha Louise Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul”, died at 76, ironically 41 years to the day later than Elvis Presley, The “King of Rock and Roll.”
Mafia Magazine would like to express its deepest condolences
to the family and loved ones of the legendary Aretha Louise Franklin.
She graced the world with her presence March 25th, 1942 and blessed us all with her first album Songs of Faith at the tender age of 14. Her Career spanning an incredible five decades left behind a legacy of 112 charted singles and 18 Grammy Awards.
She blazed the trail for all those Making a Future In Art becoming the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and winning international Opera acclaim singing Nessum Dorma” in 1998. In 2005 she became the first African American woman to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, with a citation reading in part,
“Her instantly recognizable voice has captivated listeners ever since she toured with her father’s gospel revue in the 1950’s. She is among our Nation’s greatest musical artists and has captured the hearts of millions of Americans. The United States honors Aretha Franklin for her lifetime of achievement and for helping to shape our Nation’s artistic and cultural heritage.”
It is with our deepest regrets as we pay homage to the Queen of Soul, her life, her contributions, and her legacy, we leave you with words from her 1986 song If You Need My Love”
“We shared a song and even though it’s gone, I can still recall the melody.”
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