CHICAGO (WLS) -- Aretha Franklin frequently visited the city that Chicago v her father, a powerful pastor that was part of the Civil civil liberties Movement, and also before long Chicagoans noticed her talent. That sparked a title she would bring for the rest of her life.

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In the early 1960s, Franklin met a Chicago key jockey named Pervis Spann.
"Long before the world started to know the iconic signature voice that Aretha Franklin, my dad knew she was going to it is in a pressure of nature," claimed Melody Spann Cooper, Spann"s daughter."It to be in may of 1964, ns understand, in ~ the Regal Theater the he in reality crowned her the "Queen of Soul," and also the remainder is history," Spann Cooper said. "She sort of lugged it on because everywhere she went, she want to be well-known as Aretha Franklin: the Queen the Soul."Franklin maintained that connection to Chicago for the remainder of she life. She performed in ~ ChicagoFest in 1980 and 1981, and made an above appearance in the Blues brothers movie.FROM THE ARCHIVES: Aretha Franklin and also Ray Charles at ChicagoFest 1980

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Ravinia invited her eight times over the years. Her musical director Fred Nelson III to be by her side during more than 200 performances due to the fact that 2011.FROM THE ARCHIVES: Aretha Franklin behind the scenes of the last Oprah Winfrey show taping in 2011

ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor Cheryl Burton interviewed Aretha Franklin ago stage at the last taping of the Oprah Winfrey present in might 2011.

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"She maintained the music, if I can use this word, pure. Constantly from the heart. Every little thing she felt, that"s what you got, and it transcended. The went with the entirety band," the recalled.
And not simply her entirety band, but all of us as well."She belongs to America. She belongs to the world. Aretha really belongs to all of us," stated Rev. Jesse Jackson."It damages today," Nelson said. "On so plenty of levels, not simply personally, yet her contribution to not simply the music industry however to the human being at large."Everyone spoke around her talent, yet they additionally spoke of she heart. Her golden heart, as Nelson placed it. She cared around her church, she community, and most importantly her fans.
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