Aretha Franklin

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Doug Doyle spoke with a number of musicians, producers and writers while organizing a WBGO News roundup of tributes to Aretha Franklin. Here are three interviews in longer form, beginning with singer Lizz Wright, who like Franklin came out of the gospel church.


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Tributes continue to pour in from around the world following the death of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who died in Detroit last Thursday at 76. The music and message of  The Queen of Soul touched so many in the jazz and blues community; some of their voices are captured in this edition of the WBGO Journal.

WBGO will rebroadcast our four-hour Aretha Franklin special on Friday, Aug. 24, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Last Saturday on Rhythm Revue, Felix Hernandez celebrated the life and music of Aretha Franklin, who died on Aug. 16.

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Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday at 76, made an impression on all who heard her — but especially those who worked with her.


Detroit native Aretha Franklin sings the national anthem prior to the start of the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings game at Ford Field on Nov, 24, 2016.
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Al Jarreau and Aretha Franklin announced their plans to slow down or stop their public performances.