Today, we are remembering the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died on the same day as the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Presley would die on August 16th, 1977, while Aretha died on August 16th, 2018. Though the two came from much different walks of life, they are still some of the most iconic music legends of all time.
On top of that, Elvis died when he was only 42 years old, a shock to the world. Both of them died from complications of poor health over the last few years of their lives. But we still remember the great memories of them that remain!
Remembering the best moments of their careers
One of the best moments of Presley’s career had to be his ’68 comeback special. The special airs on NBC on December 3rd, 1968. It would be the King’s official return back to live performance after 7 years of focusing on the movie business. Presley was actually pretty unhappy being away from music, especially since he was in low-quality movie productions that didn’t do well.
The special receives good reviews and tops the Nielsen television ratings for a week straight! It was such a successful special that it was even re-made in the last year as a tribute to the late rocker. It features several big artists who share Presley’s influence in their own music.
One of the best moments from Aretha’s career includes her chart-topping success with her hit song “Respect.” It would become the song she was known for and still is known for today. The song was released by Atlantic records in 1967, a version of Otis Redding’s original tune. The song would reach number one on both the R&B and pop charts.
The song’s success brings Aretha two Grammy Awards in 1968 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Recording” and “Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female”. She would soon be inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987.
We will always miss these two legendary icons in the music industry. Do you remember when reports began surfacing that Presley had died? Check out that original news coverage in the video above. The coverage takes place right on Presley’s death date, August 16th, 1977. Do you remember how you were feeling when you saw these news headlines about his death?