Thursday, February 09, 2017

Aretha Franklin: R-E-T-I-R-E-M-E-N-T!

It's the end fo the road for the Queen of Soul.

The Queen Of Soul who gave influence to many of pop music's greatest acts is retiring after her final album is released. Aretha Franklin on a local Detroit television station said that once her album comes out, she will do a final tour to promote it. After that, she will hang up the microphone for good.

Aretha Franklin had been in the business for years. The 74 year old legendary singer said that she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren.

"This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert," she told the station. "This is it."

She said that her longtime friend and producer Stevie Wonder is contributing to the album.

Since the age of 19, Aretha had performed shows and released 41 studio albums, 6 live albums, and has numerous hits.

She was born in Memphis as Aretha Louise Franklin. Her father was a local preacher and her mother is a piano player. According to the stories, Aretha was abandoned by her mother and her dad was charging his player's card.

Her mother passed away. It inspired her to sing. She started signing solos at the church and people were noticing. Her dad decided to get into show business.

Six decades in the music business. The music veteran became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"I feel, very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now....but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn't be good, either," she added. leaving the door to a limited schedule.

It was reported that Aretha Franklin declined an offer to perform at the inauguration of fuhrer Donald J. Trump.

Tonight we dedicate our LATE THREAD to the Queen.

Well wishes to the Queen of Soul.

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