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“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin dies of cancer at 76
「靈魂歌后」成絕響! 傳奇艾瑞莎癌逝

“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin performs in public for the last time at the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York on Nov. 7 last year.
「靈魂歌后」艾瑞莎富蘭克林,去年十一月七日在紐約艾爾頓強愛滋基金會,最後一次公開登台演唱。

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Music fans around the world are paying tribute to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, who died at home in Detroit last week at the age of 76 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Franklin started out singing gospel in her father’s church, and the legendary singer won 18 Grammy awards in an extraordinary career spanning over six decades.

In 1987, Franklin became the first woman ever to be inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” opening the door for other women in the music business. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine even named her the greatest singer of all time. She inspired generations with her countless hits ranging from gospel and soul to R&B and pop, such as “Chain of Fools,” “A Natural Woman” and “I Knew You Were Waiting.”

Among the hits, Franklin’s classic “Respect” became an anthem for both the Civil Rights Movement and feminism. Unfortunately, since a turbulent plane ride in 1984, she stopped touring overseas altogether, due to a fear of flying.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)

全球樂迷近日紛紛向「靈魂歌后」艾瑞莎富蘭克林致敬,她在長期與胰臟癌搏鬥後,上週病逝於底特律家中,享壽七十六歲。艾瑞莎從小在父親的教堂獻唱福音歌曲而發跡,這位傳奇天后縱橫歌壇超過一甲子,在其非凡的演唱生涯中曾榮獲十八座葛萊美獎。

艾瑞莎在一九八七年,成為首位獲選進入「搖滾名人堂」的女性,為其他女性音樂人敲開了大門。在二○一○年,更被《滾石雜誌》評選為有史以來最偉大的歌手。從福音和靈魂樂到節奏藍調和流行樂,她以無數名曲啟發了好幾個世代,包括《Chain of Fools》、《A Natural Woman》、《I Knew You Were Waiting》。

而其中,艾瑞莎的經典《Respect》更被視為民權運動和女性主義的國歌。可惜的是自從在一九八四年搭機遭遇亂流後,她就因為飛行恐懼而從不到海外巡演。

(台北時報張聖恩)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. soul n.

靈魂樂

(ling2 hun2 yue4)

2. pancreatic cancer phr.

胰臟癌

(yi2 zang4 yan2)

3. gospel n.

福音

(fu2 yin1)

4. Hall of Fame phr.

名人堂

(ming2 ren2 tang2)

5. respect n.

尊重

(zun1 zhong4)


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