Remembering the American Queen: Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)
Keywords:Aretha Franklin, Aretha Franklin funeral, Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin in Detroit
In this relational vignette Watson recalls growing up in and around Detroit as Aretha Franklin and other great local singers, many with Motown, rose to prominence. Franklin’s style was informed not only by her childhood singing gospel songs in her father’s church but also by her musical passion and activist politics. Unable to attend any of the informal tributes in Detroit around Franklin’s memorial service because she was out of the country, Watson relates how a Berlin gathering became a spontaneous memorial to Franklin’s musical genius.
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