Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 20, 2018

Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin passed away the last Thursday. This is the first chance to post something here on Writing and Illustrating about the Queen of Soul. She was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. She haad her first child at the age of 12 and her second child at the age of 14. Signed her first song contract at the age of 14. At the age of 16, Franklin went on tour with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and in 1968 sang at his funeral. She signed with Columbia Records at the age of 18.  She sang for many important people including the Pope and three United States Presidents.

I am sure many of her songs have inspired some of the books we have read. I don’t have one to name, but I do know songs play a big part in our lives and that “Dancing in the Streets” by Martha and the Vandellas inspired Jerry Spinelli to write Maniac Magee. If you know of any books inspired by Aretha’s songs, please share it here, so we can share it with her fans. 

We are very lucky that technology allows us to feel like she is still with us and generations to come will be able to hear her words, voice, and music. Aretha really earned our respect. 

Aretha proving that full figured woman are beautiful.

Respect – 1967

Aretha signing for the Clinton’s.

Aretha signing for the Obama’s. (Who is the blonde in the video? I know I should remember her name.)

RIP Aretha.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Carol King!
    Oh my gosh Kathy… thank you for this wonderful post! Aretha certainly made a change in so many of us. Beautiful woman.


  2. She was amazing


  3. Great post. And, yes, that is Carol King. What a treat this was. Thanks.


    • Rosi,

      Thanks for reminding me that was Carol King. I can stop trying to figure it out.



  4. Lovely tribute Kathy, thanks for sharing.


  5. Total goosebumps when she sang Carol King’s Natural Woman! What a great performer we’ve lost! Thanks for sharing, Kathy!


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