Aretha Franklin, also known as the “Queen of Soul,” is more revered in the city of Detroit than anywhere else in the world.
Having passed away at the age of 76 on Thursday, Franklin leaves behind an imprint on American culture that very few can even compete with. Decades of chart-topping hits, breaking both the gender and color barriers within the music world. These are some of the things Franklin will be known for long after her passing.
In Detroit, it’s even a bigger deal. Known as Motown for its unmatched history of music, Detroit holds a special place in the minds of music lovers everywhere. Franklin, being all about soul during her time on this planet, is now being honored by the Detroit Tigers.
Prior to their game against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, the Tigers released their game notes. It’s something every team makes available prior to every game.
But there’s something different about this. Something special. Something that stands out and reminds us just how much of a giant we all lost on Thursday.
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 16, 2018
This is next level awesome. From Don’t Play That Song and Respect to Since You’ve Been Gone, the Tigers are honoring some of the greatest hits in Motown history — all from the pipes of Franklin herself.
It really doesn’t get better than this. Job well done, Detroit.