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Today M+AD pays tribute to two legends who passed away last week, having left the world a far better place than they found it – singer Aretha Franklin and NZ journalist Warwick Roger.

Franklin left behind a legacy not just in music, but in advertising.

Songs like Natural Woman (written by Carole King & Gerry Goffin) and Respect (Otis Redding) were the soundtracks for many commercials over the years.

She sang the praises of both Coke and Pepsi – the latter a miraculous, soulful ad, if ever there was one (scroll down for the links).

This is Aretha at her soulful best.

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Warwick Roger founded Metro magazine in 1981. It was great back then, and still is now.

Current Metro editor Susannah Walker said Roger was a trailblazer” for New Zealand journalism. 

As the magazine evolved, so too has the city,” she said.

NZ Herald ed Simon Wilson (a former Metro editor) said Roger had been a magnificent editor and journalist. It was the privilege of my career to edit the magazine that he founded and made so great.”

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