RIP, Ms. Franklin

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Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed the world of popular music as a whole. In particular, her Atlantic Records songs are known by everyone. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-fueled. She will always been remembered best for her string of '60s hits with Atlantic Records -- "Chain of Fools," "Respect," "I Never Loved a Man," "Baby I Love You," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Think," "The House That Jack Built," and several others.  She was the epitome of "Lady Soul," unrivaled by those pop and R&B singers who were her peers and who would follow in her shadow.  The Queen of Soul has passed on, but her dynamic voice and her spirit shall live on. The world of music lost another giant today. Watch this remarkable concert from the Filmore West from 1971 to witness her action. RIP, Aretha Franklin, I shall say a little prayer for you and your family.

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