But Rev. Franklin had also been arrested for drug possession and, under unexplained circumstances, his wife left him and their five children when Aretha was six.
She was married twice, first to Ted White, to whom she said "I do" to in 1961.
Baker also wrote that when Franklin sang, it was "so exciting that listeners who haven't heard her before may wonder where Aretha has been all their lives".
Hours after the legendary artist's death Thursday morning, the news outlet ran an obituary that had an image featuring Franklin in the foreground and fellow artist LaBelle in the background.
Years later after having gone to play at her house she calls you to tour with her. Franklin had reportedly been under hospice care this week, with friends and family members visiting her to say goodbye.
Mariah Carey posted photos of her and Franklin together, performing in NY in 1998.
Those songs encouraged her to learn more about Franklin's roots as the daughter of a church pastor, which Black felt paralleled her own experience as the daughter of a deacon.
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The Aretha Franklin Avenue subway station art isn't the first such tribute to the powerhouse singer.
World leaders and celebrities including President Donald Trump, former president Barack Obama, Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, and Mariah Carey, have paid glowing tributes to the Queen of Soul. Consecutive gold albums in 1985 and 1986 meant Franklin was back, and judging by her record sales, she was better than ever.
During a TV interview past year Franklin said: "I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now". "She was in pain when she was singing, when she was giving it all that she had". And I said, "I'm doing just fine".
Franklin, who passed earlier day after her health had declined significantly throughout the week, was honored throughout Lemon's show by guests including Motown greats Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson, as well as actor Tyler Perry.
She first performed in Seattle July 7-16, 1966, at the Penthouse, a jazz club then located at 701 First Ave.
The Faith singer also said of his beloved friend: 'I was nervous. She supposes they might've shared a few viewpoints on the music industry. Today the entire world mourns your home-going and celebrates all the brilliance you left behind.
"Our Heavenly Father has chosen one of our most prolific voices to join His Heavenly Choir.Aretha now rests in peace!.I, like I'm sure she was taught, that we are All put on this earth for a objective, and once that is fulfilled, we will then be "Called Home"!"