Aretha Franklin, the feminist voice of soul, dies

The singer Aretha Franklin died this Thursday at the age of 76, a victim of pancreatic cancer diagnosed in 2010, according to the AFP agency, citing her representative. The alarm of her delicate state of health, which she tried to hide by all means, jumped precisely this Monday morning, when the US media assured that the artist was very serious and accompanied by her entire family at her home in Detroit awaiting the end of an existence dedicated entirely to music.

After the first reports, a nephew of Aretha declared Tuesday that she was “conscious” and resting at home, despite being “seriously ill”. In her last hours of life, the artist received the visit of friends like Stevie Wonder, in addition to numerous tributes. It so happens that Aretha has passed away the same day that it is 41 years old of the death of another music myth, Elvis Presley.

The health of Aretha Franklin

The alarm of his delicate state of health jumped on Monday

Aretha Franklin decided to suspend her concerts at the beginning of the year after doctors advised her to rest completely due to the advance of her illness. The singer, who had lost more than 40 kilos, had announced her plans to retire last year. Of course, he clarified that he would act only in “some select things.” He did it last November at a concert in New York by the Elton John Foundation for the fight against AIDS.

Aretha was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis into a family consisting of a popular preacher and a gospel singer, he learned to play the piano in a self-taught way. His gospel roots marked the beginning of a successful career that began in 1956 and earned him a total of 18 Grammy Awards. Among his classics are Respect, Spanish Harlem O (You make me feel like) A Natural woman.

In fact, the Franklin became an icon of feminism thanks to Respect. The song had actually been written and recorded by Otis Redding already, but Aretha’s version, which came out in 1967, with just a few additional choruses and a special character in the performance and arrangements, gave it a sense of feminist appeal to the song. that the original theme lacked.

“All I want is a little respect,” he sang tearfully. With its interpretation and few variations to the text, it fundamentally changed the macho tone of the original theme and made it what it has been since then, a powerful feminist hymn that was also embraced by the civil rights movement. And it is that Redding raised his letter from the perspective of a man who works all day, who brings the money home and who upon arrival at home demands “respect” from his wife. Well, what Aretha did was ask the woman for that same respect.

Aretha in November 2017 during a performance in New York by the Elton John Foundation for the fight against AIDS (Dimitrios Kambouris / AFP)

The song emerged from the wave of pacifism and love in the United States, the protests against the Vietnam War, the struggle of blacks to end racism and achieve equal civil rights, and the women’s liberation movement. The Respect de Aretha quickly climbed the charts to number one, consolidating for the first time the artist’s career and making her an icon of feminism, as well as the undisputed queen of the world. soul. Owner of an extraordinary voice, her infallible weapons also included a strong personality and indisputable power in front of the microphone.


She was the first black woman to appear on the cover of the magazine Time in 1968 and also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987

Aretha Franklin also achieved other historical feats, such as being the first black woman to appear on the cover of the magazine. Time in 1968 or being the first woman to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2008 she was chosen by the magazine Rolling Stone as the best singer of all time and treasured throughout her professional career a historical record of 20 Grammy Awards.

On a personal level, he had four children and married twice. A Democratic Party voter, he sang at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration ceremony in 1993 and Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony in January 2009.

Lady Soul also flirted with the cinema in Rogues at full speed (1980) and Blues brothers 2000: The beat goes on (1998) giving life to Mrs. Murphy, a wife who rebelled against her husband singing to him that he wanted “freedom” in a funny scene in a cafeteria accompanied by the characters played by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. How could it be otherwise, the seventh art has seen in its legendary figure enough claim to bring his life to the big screen, that is why MGM is already preparing a biopic about Franklin with Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) as the protagonist.

Taken from La Vanguardia