Aretha Franklin is ‘seriously ill’

Danny Woods
August 14, 2018

The Say A Little Prayer soul legend, 76, is surrounded by her loved ones in Detroit, nine months after her last performance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party in NY.

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She said at the time: "I will be recording, but this will be my previous year in concert".

"She was telling me she rides around the city every now and then - she talks about how lovely it is again", Fakir said. Trump tweeted that his former employee had only started to attack him after she lost her job.

The all-star tribute concert to Franklin was apparently concocted by Sony Music's Clive Davis, according to Showbiz411.

He says Aretha Franklin's favorite Contours song was, "First I look at the purse".

It came after Aretha cancelled a string of performances due to ill health, including some last summer.

"Had she been with Motown, Motown would've been way way bigger than what it was, she would've been the queen, she really would've been the queen", he said. It's unsure if that will still happen this month. Although never disclosing her illness, it appears her health began to improve. Her most recent live performance was in November previous year, when she appeared exhausted and gaunt at a charity event in NY.

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Aretha was born in Memphis, Tenn.

The "Natural Woman" singer cancelled a number of concerts past year and admitted in February 2017 that her touring days were coming to an end. She got her start singing gospel music in a Detroit church where her father was the minister. But at 18 - Aretha had a new vision. In 1960, she signed with her first major record label.

Aretha was a rising star in the R&B world but to reach the next level of stardom, she knew she had to shake things up.

"Respect" shot up to the top of the charts and not only became Aretha's signature song, it also became an anthem for civil rights and feminism.

Franklin's hits include (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (1968), Day Dreaming (1972), Jump To It (1982), Freeway Of Love (1985), and A Rose Is Still A Rose (1998).

She received our nation's greatest honor.

In 2005, Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award for an American civilian - by then-president George W. Bush.

But there were no hard feelings by 2013, when Franklin defended Beyoncé for lip-syncing during her performance at President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

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