Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Will Broadcast On Live TV

Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be broadcasted live.

The processions for the late singer will be livestreamed by The Associated Press, as well as broadcast on TV stations in Detroit, Michigan. Fox News and CNN will also air portions.

Several artists are slated to perform, including Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Ronald Isley, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams. (more…)

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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s 10 Biggest Hits

Even though Aretha Franklin passed away today, her legacy will live on.

Over the course of her 76 years, Franklin amassed dozens of hits, and held the record for most songs on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female artist for nearly 40 years, until Nicki Minaj claimed the title last year.

Of those 73 charted songs, we’re looking at 10 of the biggest hits of her career.

10. “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)”

9. “Baby I Love You”


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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Dead At 76

Aretha Franklin has died today (Thursday, August 16) after a long battle with cancer.

The Queen of Soul passed away at her Detroit home while under hospice care. According to TMZ, Franklin was down to 86 pounds before she died. She was 76 years old.

Franklin’s public appearances have dwindled over recent years, with her last outing at Elton John’s AMFAR event in November.

Born in 1942 in Memphis, her family moved to Detroit. She began singing in her father’s church as a young girl. She landed her recording contract with Columbia in the ’60s, before moving to Atlantic Records in 1967.

From there, she recorded the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female prior to Nicki Minaj surpassing the milestone last year. Thanks to hit songs like “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “I Say A Little Prayer” and more, she’s won 18 Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. (more…)

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Aretha Franklin “Gravely Ill”, According To Reports

Aretha Franklin is “seriously ill”, an anonymous source confirms to the Associated Press.

Franklin, 76, has cancelled concerts earlier this year due to health concerns. She was ordered by doctors to rest.

Friends of the singer have taken to Twitter to confirm the news:


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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday: A Complex Woman, A Jazz Legend

Today, “legends” are ten a penny. When Billie Holiday was accorded the accolade it meant something. Lady Day was a brilliant singer, a great lyrical interpreter, she took chances, lived life hard, she could swing, she could swoon, she moaned low, was elegant and she was a soul singer before anyone had coined the phrase. She was one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time.

We know when Billie was born (7 April 1915), yet that the facts about her childhood are murky, made no clearer by, ‘Lady Sings the Blues’, Billie’s autobiography, which confused things further. Billie’s birth certificate named her father as DeViese whereas she insisted he was Clarence Holiday – Sadie’s childhood sweetheart who later played guitar in Fletcher Henderson’s Orchestra.

Abused as a child she had a spell in a Catholic children’s home before cleaning and running errands for a brothel madam. By 1928 Billie’s mother moved to Harlem with her daughter and before long they were both working in a whorehouse; fourteen year old Billie was charged with vagrancy and sent to a workhouse.

On her release, Billie took up with a saxophonist and the pair of them began playing Harlem dives; Billie trying to emulate Bessie Smith whose records she loved. In October 1933 John Hammond, a music critic and record producer heard her singing in a Harlem club and had her to record a couple of sides with Benny Goodman. The first, Your Mother’s son-in-Law gives no hint of her promise.

Billie Holiday, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948 web optimised 740

Billie Holiday backstage at Carnegie Hall, mid-to-late 40s. Photo: Library Of Congress


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