Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

How a Jewish music producer helped Aretha Franklin get her big break

How a Jewish music producer helped Aretha Franklin get her big break

Sir Paul McCartney and others have paid an emotional tribute to Aretha Franklin who died August 16 at the age of 76.

In a lengthy Instagram post and multiple tweets, he remembered Franklin, who died Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer, and her final public performance, which happened to be at his AIDS Foundation gala in November. "We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds". Thank you for your compassion and prayers. "In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every share - our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect". "There were times that we were asked to go to the back of the restaurant - say - or we couldn't use the bathrooms".

Franklin won 18 Grammys, and had 17 Top Ten US chart hits over a music career spanning seven decades.

In February of 2017, Franklin announced that she would stop touring, but she continued to book concerts.

In a statement, former president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary praised "one of America's greatest national treasures".

The singer was born on 25 March, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, but it was Detroit that became her home.

"That's why she sang 'Respect, '" Anthony said.

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In 2010, she suffered serious health problems, but continued to perform until late past year, singing last in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in NY. "As young as I was, that was the beginning".

Sir Mick Jagger said in a statement: "Very sad to hear the news about Aretha, she was so inspiring and wherever you were she always brought you to church".

"Except for a record, I will not be able to sit behind her and play her music ever again with her", McKinney, who toured with Franklin, told As It Happens guest host Matt Galloway. A year or so later, he and Franklin were both in Detroit and Butler had her on his radio show, beginning a relationship that lasted the rest of the Queen of Soul's life.

Fellow activist Reverend Al Sharpton called her a "civil rights and humanitarian icon".

Her legacy will live on through her music and in part in the next generation of Detroit soul singersfollowing in her footsteps.

"The Queen of Soul". "You are a legend and your soul will never be forgotten".

Outside of music, Franklin was also a civil rights advocate, and in 2005, President George W. Bush honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. I'm just here. I love her, I love her. "He said if that's what I wanted to do, he thought it would be OK, so I went out for a number of dates with Dr. King".

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