Remembering Aretha Franklin
By RahimAli Merchant
I know this is a site for sports writing, but when a musical icon passes the whole world stops and takes a moment of silence…
Please take a moment or two…
Aretha Franklin, “The Queen Of Soul,” has passed away at the young, beautiful age of 76.
As a woman, she taught others how to feel like a natural woman and still have the respect they deserve. That’s why this article is a must. You have to “Respect” Franklin and her path to greatness. Her career started in Detroit where she was a member of her father’s gospel ministry.
Some of her greatest songs:
“Chains of Fools”
“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”
These hits and others made her became the natural woman with all the respect today and they will forever be remembered as her greatest hits.
She has earned several awards and honors throughout her life.
In 1987, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, it was the UK Music Hall of Fame. In 2012, it was GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Rolling Stones Magazine ranked her in their 100 greatest artists and singers of all-time.
Let’s also take a look at some of her most memorable moments, including some sports.
Franklin performed The Star-Spangled Banner with Aaron Neville for Super Bowl XL in 2006 when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks, which was held in her hometown of Detroit.
She also made international headlines with her performances of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremony. On September 29, 2014, Franklin performed a compilation of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” on the Late Show with David Letterman.
She returned to the football scene on Thanksgiving 2016 where she performed the National Anthem at Detroit’s Ford Field before the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.
She has also done the National Anthem for Detroit Pistons games, the first being in 1984 where she performed before the Detroit Pistons-Los Angeles Lakers game at the Pontiac Silverdome.
In 2004, she performed the National Anthem before Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the same Pistons and Lakers, which the Pistons won in blowout style.
She also sung the national anthem before Game 3 of the 2001 American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers.
So it’s only respectful that we show her a tribute on a sports site. I mean let’s face it, she deserves to feel like a natural woman by everyone who loves soul!