She solely launched a couple of albums over the previous 20 years, together with “A Rose is Still a Rose,” which featured songs by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lauryn Hill and different modern artists, and “So Damn Happy,” for which Franklin wrote the gratified title ballad. Franklin’s autobiography, “Aretha: From These Roots,” got here out in 1999, when she was in her 50s. However she all the time made it clear that her story would proceed.

“Music is my thing, it’s who I am. I’m in it for the long run,” she advised The Related Press in 2008. “I’ll be around, singing, ‘What you want, baby I got it.’ Having fun all the way.”

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