Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneersÂ Kenneth Gamble & Leon HuffÂ released the following statement mourning the passing of the undisputed Queen of Soul,Â Aretha Franklin:
â€œWe not only admire Aretha Franklin for her singing ability, but we appreciate what she did to uplift the community. We have always been honored and elated — and are still on â€˜Cloud Nineâ€™ â€“ for having her cover two of our songs: â€˜A Brand New Meâ€™ and â€˜Christmas JustÂ Ainâ€™tÂ Christmas without the One You Love.â€™Â While we never got the opportunity to work directly with Aretha, she was our dear friend.
â€œWe send our deepest and sincere condolences out to her family. She was truly the best!â€