SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES -- Not long after the passing of Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018) was announced on the morning of Thursday, August 16, her immortal legacy became evident in the Castro. We could hear her music flowing out of homes, cars and local businesses. People walking down the streets were talking about her and how she had touched their lives in meaningful ways. That night, a group of women musicians and singers including Dr. Dee Spencer of San Francisco State, Beach Blanket Babylon performer Renee Lubin and vocalist Deborah Coley performed Franklin’s songs in a heartfelt tribute at Beaux on Market Street.
As Dr. Spencer told KTVU: “You feel her energy. It’s undeniable.”