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Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, and More Remember Aretha Franklin

Legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has died at age 76 of complications from advanced pancreatic cancer, according to a statement from her family. Universally admired for her iconic voice and decade-spanning career, Franklin was also a gifted pianist, an 18-time Grammy winner, and an inspiration to many in and outside of music. News of her passing has prompted an outpouring of memories and appreciations from musical peers and those she influenced. Below, see tributes from stars including Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Elton John, Anita Baker, Carole King, Paul McCartney, and more as they become available.

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The 3 seconds it takes for #ArethaFranklin to oooooze out the words “Sittin around..” is as pure & creative & as honest as any singer I’ve ever seen when a performance goes beyond mere entertainment. THIS is what we need to get back to. where raw genius rises above marketing strategy & monetary reach & “likes” (because let’s face it, look at the Billboard singles/Spotify singles/ITunes singles—-could she even find space to develop this talent? Or just give up & get a reality show and pray this works out? Now figure out the legions of talent that we either dismissed or passed on today or even the mesmerizing talent we’ve been shown near this level that can’t even begin to thrive in this environment without some angle) for those not in the know & wanna know, with the exception of her yet to be seen Sidney Pollack documentary Amazing Grace (her best captured 2 hours 1972 in chu’ch, in her zone in south central Los Angeles—-w The Rolling Stones sitting IN THE DECON SECTION)—-this Performance at the #MontreuxJazzFestival in 71 is as good as it gets: as a singer, as a bandleader (midshow she calls an audible and the brass section just gives up playing & accepts they are just happy to have best seats in the house), as a piano player—-so underrated!—and the fact she has her ace band in tow too (#KingCurtis as MD & #BernardPurdie on drizzums)—-this is her most magical effortless skillful scientific talents on display. Long Live #QueenAretha.

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This post will be updated with additional tributes as they appear.