Willie Nelson’s heartwarming message about Aretha Franklin


Singer Aretha Franklin was the undisputed “queen of soul,” and after news of her death at 76 broke Thursday, the king of the outlaws paid his respects. 

On Franklin’s death, country music star and Austin icon Willie Nelson tweeted, “Whether it was Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Pop,or Civil Rights, Aretha Franklin was the greatest gift and the voice of a generation. She could turn any song into a hymn. She will be greatly missed here on earth, but that band in heaven just got our Angel. Rest In Peace Aretha.”

Franklin and Nelson covered each other’s songs, too, according to country music site the Boot. The former recorded a version of “Night Life” on her album “Aretha Arrives,” and the latter included a rendition of "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” on his album “Always On My Mind.”

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