Aretha Franklin passed away this morning at age 76. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame back in 1987. The whole world is mourning, including some of music and showbiz's biggest names.
Here's what some of them are saying...
Paul Stanley: “There will NEVER be another Aretha Franklin. Only those inspired by her as they reach for the impossible.”
Peter Frampton: “Everyone loves Aretha Franklin. She is the powerhouse voice of my life. No one can touch her passion and soul. We have used ‘Rock Steady’ as the track we hear before we go on stage for years. Her greatness as a singer and piano player inspire me to reach for the unattainable. RIP Aretha.”
Robbie Robertson: “When the legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler told me that he had recorded ‘The Weight’ with Aretha Franklin, I thought, how does it get better than that? When I heard their version, I was thrilled that she sang the hell out of it and had Duane Allman on slide guitar. A dream come true. Aretha doesn’t scream, squall, or yell, she SINGS— from the heavens with grace and style. Sending blessings and appreciations to the Queen.”
Rod Stewart: “Always loved you, always will. Not only the Queen of Soul, but the queen of all our hearts.”
Ronnie Wood: “God Bless Aretha.”
Neal Schon: “God Bless You Aretha. Your Voice was such an Inspiration to myself and will live on forever.”
U2: “RIP. Civil rights activist, Queen of Soul, thank you."
Eric Clapton: “So Sad… Privileged to have lived and breathed the same air, at the same time that her music healed the Earth.”
Graham Nash: "One of the greatest musical moments I ever had was standing, with Crosby, right beside her at the Grammy soundcheck in 1971, while she was singing 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' at the electric piano... It was unforgettable... What an incredible talent she was."
Bob Seger: "What an other worldly talent. Legendary. Right up there with the greatest singers ever. She will be greatly missed. Irreplaceable."