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Aretha Franklin, also known as the "Queen of Soul", passed away at the age of 76 after battling pancreatic cancer. In this encore presentation, Urban One founder Cathy Hughes talks with the Queen of Soul about her life and journey throughout her awesome career. The image was created by graphic designer Milton Glaser.

"I find it disturbing and sad, and a reflection of his endless narcissism", said David Ritz, who spent years with Franklin seeking to understand the guarded performer for his 2014 biography, "Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin". "We sang at the White House and she was so sweet, she was so cute", she told Fallon.

As a video of the Franklin played during the segment, a small photo of another soul legend, Patti LaBelle, lingered faintly in the background. "Thank you for thinking of me".

She received 18 Grammy Awards, along with a lifetime achievement award in 1994 and was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

But her vocals touched many as they dubbed Blair's tribute as one fitting the woman and artiste Franklin was, and that the deceased would have been proud of how she handled the song.

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Host and WSJ senior editor Christopher John Farley asked the queen to participate in a word association game, asking her to say the first thing that came to mind as he named some contemporary artists.

- A Raleigh native who was thrust into the spotlight when her dance recital performance to Aretha Franklin's "Respect" went viral is sad she never had an opportunity to meet the singer in person. Franklin was shy and wanted to be just like any other family member at home, her family said. I enjoyed her at the White House.

"The greatest lesson is that God gives each of us a phenomenal gift, and sometimes because we may have our eyes set on something else, we don't maximize on that. She was elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry", they said.

"You just couldn't listen to her without it becoming a full-on celebration of life, even simple songs". "I was able to feel her pulse, which was strong".

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