Aretha Franklin fans are gathering at the Motown Museum this weekend to pay RESPECT to the Queen of Soul.
By Sylvia Jarrus
Aretha Franklin’s soulful voice blasted through speakers outside of the Motown Museum in Detroit as Metro Detroiters and people from across the nation stopped by to pay tribute to the late singer Friday.
Franklin passed away Thursday morning at her home in Detroit at age 76, and tributes are being held across the city to honor her.
The Queen of Soul’s career started at an early age when she sang gospel at her father’s New Bethel Baptist Church in the heart of Detroit. Franklin went on to have 20 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s R&B charts, including “I Never Loved a Man,” “Respect,” “Baby I Love You’ and “Chain of Fools” — to name a few — and holds the record for the most songs by a female artist on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart. She also won 18 Grammy awards.
While Aretha was never signed to the Motown label, she was “a part of the Motown family,” says Motown Museum CEO Robin Terry.
“Her legacy will continue to inspire and resonate in the souls of Detroiters and her fans around the world,” Terry said in a statement. “Motown Museum joins the rest of the world in mourning her passing as we celebrate her remarkable life and trailblazing contributions to music.”
Franklin’s music will be played at the Motown Museum Saturday and Sunday.
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