Call for Aretha Franklin stamp


16 September 2018
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Just weeks after the sad passing of the 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin, family, friends and fans are pushing for the US Post Office to issue a stamp to honour the late soul singer

The passing of Aretha Franklin has quickly led to a call for a US stamp to honour the soul singer's incredible life.

The idea of an Aretha postage stamp was first suggested by Detroit councillor Rev JoAnn Watson who spoke at the singer's funeral.

Watson said: “I believe that the federal government would do well to have a postage stamp honouring our queen Aretha Franklin.“

The suggestion was met with cheers from the large crowd at the funeral, and the idea has adopted by fans around the world, many using twitter to push for a quick decision on the stamp.

Many music artists have been honoured on US stamps, most notably in the ongoing 'Music Icons' series, including Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Janis Joplin. 

Aretha Franklin died, aged 76, on 16 August from pancreatic cancer. During her long music career she sold around 75 million records.