Bill and Hillary Clinton releases statement about Aretha Franklin’s death

This week, the music industry lost an iconic figure in Aretha Franklin.

The Clintons were quick to snag a headline by offering their respects to the Queen of Soul.

Bill and Hillary’s Sentiments

Bill called her “elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry.”

Hillary also sent out a tweet to express her condolences and respect over Franklin’s passing: “Mourning the loss today of @ArethaFranklin who shared her spirit and talent with the world. She deserves not only our RESPECT but also our lasting gratitude for opening our eyes, ears and hearts. Rest in eternal peace, my friend.”

Bill Clinton also noted he had actually attended her last performance in November at an HIV benefit.

Franklin’s Career

Aretha Franklin first started singing at her father’s church in Detroit, Michigan.

It was not long before she would head out on her own, though, to pursue her career.

In 1960, she cut her first record, which was received with mixed reviews.

She would later leave Columbia Records for Atlantic Records, which is when her career took off.

After releasing “Respect,” “A Natural Woman,” and “Chain of Fools,” she garnered the nickname “The Queen of Soul.”

From there, Franklin was considered one of the anchors of the industry, with 17 Top 10 singles and 20 #1 R&B singles to her name.

In 1987, Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

She is also listed among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.

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In recent years, she had drastically cut back her performance schedule, but still managed to show up at Elton Johns AIDS Foundation benefit on November 7, 2017.

Franklin died in her home on August 16 from pancreatic cancer.

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