Glynn Turman Remembers his Ex- Wife Aretha Franklin with Love.

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“She was sitting at the piano, barefoot, cigarette hanging on the side of her mouth. In her nightgown. Playing this amazing music. Just amazing,”I started to say hey baby, come to bed. And I stopped and I sat down in the doorsill. And that’s really the first time it really dawned on me that my wife was Aretha Franklin!”

Many influential figures from Presidents to Young Upcoming Divas reflect on the effect Aretha Franklin had on their lives and the musical landscape. Read some of the heartfelt sentiments.


Barack and Michelle Obama

“Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.”


Clive Davis

“I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world. Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness.”


Stevie Wonder

“…But, you know, she did incredible music, incredible singer. She touched every genre. Every singer was influenced in some way by the way she sang, and they will forever be influenced by her because of her voice, her emotion, her sincerity is unforgettable…”


Mariah Carey

“You showed me I could sing the songs I wanted to sing and bring God with me. You’ve inspired millions everywhere yet never left home, never left church. Today the entire world mourns your home-going and celebrates all the brilliance you left behind.”



“Aretha truly sang with the spirit of God in her. She is one the Greatest singers and voices to ever walk this planet. There is only one Queen of Soul and that’s you Aretha! Sing for the angels and make them cry. You are one of the greatest we have heard seen and felt. Love to you Queen. GOD bless your Soul.”


Missy Elliott

“Rest easy I imagine u in heaven performing & still making people souls move this was my aunt favorite record “Rock Steady” you will always be the Queen of Soul you been that before many of us were born! Thank you for giving us LEGENDARY TIMELESS music ”



“Leaving a space that couldn’t ever be filled. you are so loved. thank you so much Aretha!!”




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