Paul Simon takes issue with a writer who suggests Aretha Franklin's version of Simon's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was deeper than Simon & Garfunkel's original recording
Backed by a large choir and a band, the nearly seven-hour event’s strongest performers came out of the gospel tradition that Franklin was born into and that sustained her until her death two weeks ago at age 76.
Here's everything you need to know about Aretha Franklin's funeral, which starts 7 a.m. Friday on the West Coast and can be watched live as it unfolds at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple. The remembrance will include live performances by Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and more.
Mavis Staples, a peer and longtime family friend of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, spoke to The Times on Friday from her home in Chicago about the long relationship the two shared.
Patti Smith on Aretha Franklin: 'She’ll never be gone because she left us such an amazing body of work'
On Friday morning during an interview in advance of Pathway to Paris, an upcoming concert at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, the musician, writer and activist Patti Smith was asked for her thoughts on the passing of Aretha Franklin.
Ariana Grande sang "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" in tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin on Thursday night's edition of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.”
Aretha Franklin once called a Times reporter to explain what the phrase "TCB" from her hit song "Respect" actually means.
Aretha Franklin, the late Queen of Soul, nearly stole the show when her songs appeared in critically acclaimed films such as "The Big Chill," "Forrest Gump" and "The Blues Brothers."
After Aretha Franklin died Thursday, music industry bigwigs including Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, Ken Ehrlich and Neil Portnow shared their grief over her passing. They remembered the hitmaker as a Grammy winner, a pioneer and a treasured friend.
As prolific as she was influential, Aretha Franklin released dozens of albums in a career that lasted longer than half a century. Here are five of her most important.
When Franklin stepped in to sing "Nessun Dorma" for an ailing Pavarotti, her version was more cover than classical, but it felt thrillingly true to the spirit of Puccini. A classical critic's take on the night Aretha sang from "Turandot."
In early 1968, Aretha Franklin was the first musical act to play at the Forum in Inglewood. "Miss Franklin ... easily demonstrated how she has topped the music business popularity polls," a Los Angeles Times reviewer wrote.
Recorded in Watts, Aretha Franklin's live album 'Amazing Grace' made gospel history on two days in 1972
A look back at "Amazing Grace," which captures Aretha Franklin at the peak of her powers. She’s in a Watts church in 1972. Her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, is there. Backing her is gospel star James Cleveland and his choir.
Aretha Franklin was a last-minute replacement in 1998 for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti, singing the Puccini aria "Nessun Dorma," which the Italian tenor had been slated to perform, in a stunning display of her musical gifts.
Aretha Franklin was crowned the greatest singer of all time in a 2010 Rolling Stone poll, but when she accompanied herself at the piano, something even more extraordinary transpired.
Paul McCartney, Hillary Clinton, Diana Ross, Oprah Winfrey, the White House, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Smokey Robinson and Missy Elliott, among many others, react to the death of Aretha Franklin.
Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter who became the “Queen of Soul” and forged the template of the larger-than-life pop diva with her exuberant, gospel-rooted singing, has died. She was 76.