Aretha has passed today at her home in Detroit of advanced pancreatic cancer. Her death is not unexpected, although her family has kept the news fairly quiet. She is part of the music of my youth, especially as a Detroit native.
As you may know, Aretha was the daughter of a Detroit Baptist minister, C. L. Franklin, and got her start in childhood as a choir singer at New Bethel Baptist Church.
I won’t dwell on her death, but on her life, by playing a couple of my favorites.
and one that fits our theme this week:
Live coverage of her life and death at Click On Detroit, WDIV TV, Detroit.