Music legend Aretha Franklin passed away today Thursday, losing her fight with pancreatic cancer. The “Queen of Soul” was 76 years old
Her influence on the music industry, pop culture and women’s rights is enormous.
“It’s just classic, I mean, it’s full of great songs,” said Scott Dale, manager at Hard Copies record store, as he was reading the back of Franklin’s greatest hits album.
Franklin was a pioneer for both women and minorities.
“Yeah we still sell quite a bit of her records,” Dale said. “I think she changed the whole dynamic of female singers. She just had a very powerful voice that resonates with people.”
Bobby G, who is a host on 105.3 WJLT says the station played some of Franklin’s music after hearing the news.
“We were actually on the air when we saw it,” G said. “It is a sad day, but I can’t imagine anything that she would want to accomplish that she hasn’t already accomplished.”
Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame, and was Rolling Stones’ greatest singer of all time. She has countless hits, perhaps the most famous of which being “Respect.”
“And I just love the song respect, because that’s what we all need to have, respect,” said Franklin fan Kathi Bell.
It’s a song, like so many of Franklin’s, people can’t help but sing along to.
(This story was originally published August 16, 2018)