Kofi Annan and John McCain's positive eulogies could be because both men seized moments of human dignity and decency.
When record executives tried to mold Franklin's sound to their liking, her career sputtered. Then legendary producer Jerry Wexler came along. His approach? Stay out of her way.
Franklin, who has died aged 76 in Detroit, was a church girl first and foremost. She was the master of the gospel form.
Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul', was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Psalm 137 – best known for its opening line, 'By the Rivers of Babylon' – is a 2,500-year-old Hebrew psalm that deals with the Jewish exile -remembered each year on Tisha B'av.