16 August: A day to remember music royalty

Four of the most important artists in the history of music happen to share the same anniversary date: 16th August. Here, we've chosen a track by each of them to listen to on a great day to remember music royalty.

Aretha Franklin

‘The Queen of Soul’

(25 March 1942 – 16 August 2018, aged 76)

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Elvis Presley

‘The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’

(8 January 1935 – 16 August 1977, aged 42)

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

‘The Emperor of Qawwali’

(13 October 1948 – 16 August 1997, aged 48)

Robert Johnson

‘King of the Delta Blues Singers’

(8 May 1911 – 16 August 1938, aged 27)

By Oran Mullan

Published on Sun, 16 August 20

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