Ottawa's music community remembers Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin in hospice care source says

Often simply called "Aretha", Franklin got her start in the Detroit church of her pastor father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin.

Gospel and soul singer Candi Staton, who traveled on the gospel circuit with Franklin during that decade when they were teens, recalled that her friend was a "gifted singer even as a young girl", though no one knew then all the hits that would follow with her unique voice.

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away on August 16.

But she struggled to find her niche, both on vinyl and on stage. The one thing she lacked, though, was taste in material", jazz singer Carmen McCrae is quoted as saying in the 2014 biography "Respect: "The Life of Aretha Franklin" of one Vanguard show.

She sang for presidents and the pope. Her songs would become their anthems.

The teen also wasn't the most reliable performer - missing gigs and press appearances, according to the book.

Franklin's death comes three days after it was revealed she was in hospice care.

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"For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls".

The resulting album, "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You", shot her into super-stardom - with its hit single "Respect" rocketing to number 1.

Franklin's performance four years ago drew the second-largest audience in the festival's 38-year history and marked the only time the festival had to turn people away, O'Grady said.

Franklin's career experienced an upturn in the 1980s, thanks in part to high-profile duets with, among others, the Eurythmics.

After news of her death broke Thursday, fans who remembered seeing the legendary diva in her heyday flocked to the Apollo with flowers.

Watch her iconic performance above. "She was really important to our community and it's a great loss".

"It was magical, it was mystical, it was out of this world". "It's an experience you can't explain, you have to feel", he said of the concert. "She could calm you down with her voice".

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