PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin holds a special place in the hearts of many in Philadelphia. She is no stranger to the Philadelphia music scene as she was adored by fans here, selling out concerts over the years.READ MORE: Sheriff's Deputies Dismantle Protest Encampment At Site Of University City Townhomes
Philadelphians were treated to what would be one of her last public appearances just last year.
Franklin performed at the Mann Music Center on Aug. 26, which would be her last appearance in the city. The 76-year-old music icon announced her retirement in 2017.
Franklin also performed at the Mann in 1992, 2002, and 2010.
She also performed before Pope Francis along the Ben Franklin Parkway three years ago, belting out “Amazing Grace.”
Her legacy will certainly live on in Philadelphia as part of the city’s rich music history. Patty Jackson of WDAS Radio is paying tribute to Franklin by consistently playing her music throughout the day.
“The only way I think we can pay tribute is you just play the music, play the music and just let people remember why she was the woman that she was,” said Jackson. “The first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 18 Grammy Awards.”READ MORE: List: Philadelphia Area Food Banks
Louise Williams Bishop, a reverend and former state Pennsylvania representative, was a close friend of Franklin’s for more than 50 years.
“I lost not only a good friend, good friend, I have to say it, I lost a good talent. I don’t know that there will ever be another Aretha. Worldwide, I think she was one of the greatest performers the world has ever had or has even known,” she said.
Kenny Gamble, a legendary songwriter and producer from Philadelphia, knew Franklin as they were both coming on the music scene decades ago. He recalls it was during a time where being an African-American artist and person was even more difficult.
“The world is changing and Aretha Franklin helped change it. She helped changed it by being great,” said Gamble.
Philadelphia native and music legend Patti LaBelle said in a statement that “the world has experienced a tremendous loss.”
“Aretha was a rare treasure whose unmatched musical genius helped craft the soundtrack to the lives of so many. My sympathy, love and prayers go out to her family, loved ones and fans around the globe,” said LaBelle.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Week Starts With Muggy Conditions Before Cold Front Arrives
Franklin passed away at the age of 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer.