I cannot claim to be any sort of authority on her music, but what a voice. As I posted on a TOTP review a while back she could sing the ingredients off a bag of crisps and make it the best thing you have ever heard. She sits right up at the top table of female singers.
Very sad indeed. Aretha and THAT voice. A one in a billion talent. The first woman inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lots of accolades, and rightfully so. Kind of quirky she died weeks after her husband in The Blues Brothers (Matt "guitar" Murphy) Godspeed Ms Franklin, and thanks for leaving us with an unmatched legacy.