Monday, 27 August 2018

Aretha Franklin – The Queen of Soul

To mark the passing of this great lady, I have picked some facts about her which you may or may not know:

After 1984 Aretha only performed in North America – she had developed a fear of flying.

She had 4 sons – the first one, amazingly, when she was only 12 years old!  And the second at 14!  How strong a woman to become a star with that start in life.

Her father was shot in his Detroit home and died after being in a lengthy coma.

I always thought she was Whitney Houston's aunt – but in fact she was an honorary aunt.

She was awarded honorary degrees from 13 different universities!

She was in 7 films including the fabulous The Blues Brothers

At the 1998 Grammy's she sang Nessun Dorma in place of Pavarotti – wow, not many popular singers can sing opera.

Finishing with something everyone knows – her fabulous hits including – RESPECT, Chain of Fools, Natural Woman and I Say a Little Prayer.

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