KUALA LUMPUR: The passing of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin yesterday is mourned by artistes and fans around the world.
Malaysian artistes also took to social media to honour the American music legend who died of cancer at 76.
“Aretha Franklin, one of my all-time favourites. Thank you for all the good feelings and goosebump moments I always got listening to your tracks. Much love to you," said singer-actor Peter Ong, whose best known musicals include Into The Woods and Company.
“I save a little prayer for you, Aretha Franklin. RIP,” said singer Bella Rahim.
Former 8TV Quickie host and radio announcer Fabian “Phat Fabes” James said: “RIP Aretha Franklin. Irreplaceable Queen of Soul.”
“We’re all going to miss you Aretha Franklin. May your soul Rest in peace,” said 1980s singer Bibiana Peter, the younger sister of Francissca Peter.
Singer Maria Rebano said: “Last Wednesday night at 10pm, I felt led to open up with A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin just to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul. Thank you for all the beautiful music. Rest in peace.”
Singer Juita Jalil posted on Facebook a famous quote by Aretha which read “It’s the rough side of the mountain that’s the easiest to climb, the smooth side doesn’t have anything for you to hang on to.”
“Rest in peace, Miss Ree. Indisputable Queen of Soul. I played her records all day when I was growing up in Ipoh and Sparkle from 1976 was, and still is, my favourite Aretha Franklin album. God bless Aretha,”said actor Ben Tan.
“RIP Aretha Franklin. A natural woman,” said singer-songwriter Aizat Amdan.
Franklin rose to fame in the 1960s and her best known hit songs include Do Right Woman — Do Right Man, Think, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Chain Of Fools and Respect.
She placed more than 100 singles in the Billboard charts, including 17 Top 10 pop singles and 20 No. 1 R&B hits.
She received 18 Grammy Awards, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. She was also the first woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, in 1987.