Radio stations honor Aretha Franklin and Singer Irma Thomas Remembers the talent

Radio stations honor Aretha Franklin and Singer Irma Thomas Remembers the talent

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Aretha Franklin songs blanket the airwaves.

"We're honoring Aretha Franklin, what can I play for you?" said D.J. Adrian Long to listeners during her mid-day show.

People remember how the Queen of Soul made them feel, and mourn the loss of a voice that  transcends decades.

"Everyday her songs are in our power rotation. We are celebrating her music and her life. This is a D.J.'s dream of hits," Long said.

Grammy Award winner Irma Thomas called Franklin's voice unique, and is honored to have worked during the same era.

"Etta James, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and myself came out of the same era. Our music was released the same years," say Thomas.

Franklin, she said, was special.

"Despite what she's singing you know she was raised in the church. When she hits those high notes it will make your hair stand up on your head," Thomas said.

Adrian Long said everybody can sing along with Franklin's songs, from gospel to Freeway of Love to R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Thomas said she used Franklin's music a lot during her shows over the years.

"I loved her music. I understood the song and the stories they were telling," Thomas said.

Thomas was to perform on the same stage as Franklin during Jazz Fest, but Franklin canceled due to health problems.

"We would have finally had a chance to meet but it wasn't meant to be," Thomas said.

"In spirit she's going to be around a long time."

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