Today, news broke that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Fraklin, died at the age of 76. Though reports began to surface that Franklin was “gravely ill” earlier in the week, the soul singer’s loss still has left the music community in shock. Since the announcement of Aretha’s death, countless artists and public figures have come forward, sharing their condolences and remembrances of the iconic singer. You can check out a few of the memorial posts below. Rest in power, Aretha. You will be deeply missed.

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama

President Donald Trump

Paul McCartney

Elton John

Allman Brothers Band

Diana Ross


John Mayer

Carole King

Brian Wilson

Lin-Manuel Miranda

John Legend

Thomas J. Dowd

Clive Davis

Betty LaVette

Christina Aguilera

Missy Elliott


The 3 seconds it takes for #ArethaFranklin to oooooze out the words “Sittin around..” is as pure & creative & as honest as any singer I’ve ever seen when a performance goes beyond mere entertainment. THIS is what we need to get back to. where raw genius rises above marketing strategy & monetary reach & “likes” (because let’s face it, look at the Billboard singles/Spotify singles/ITunes singles—-could she even find space to develop this talent? Or just give up & get a reality show and pray this works out? Now figure out the legions of talent that we either dismissed or passed on today or even the mesmerizing talent we’ve been shown near this level that can’t even begin to thrive in this environment without some angle) for those not in the know & wanna know, with the exception of her yet to be seen Sidney Pollack documentary Amazing Grace (her best captured 2 hours 1972 in chu’ch, in her zone in south central Los Angeles—-w The Rolling Stones sitting IN THE DECON SECTION)—-this Performance at the #MontreuxJazzFestival in 71 is as good as it gets: as a singer, as a bandleader (midshow she calls an audible and the brass section just gives up playing & accepts they are just happy to have best seats in the house), as a piano player—-so underrated!—and the fact she has her ace band in tow too (#KingCurtis as MD & #BernardPurdie on drizzums)—-this is her most magical effortless skillful scientific talents on display. Long Live #QueenAretha.

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Our gift from Heaven went Home. Thank You Queen. Aretha Franklin

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Cat Power

Zac Brown Band

Nigel Hall

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Reggie Watts

Bonnie Raitt