Home Celebrity Happy 70th Birthday Aretha Franklin– RESPECT!

The Queen of Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin, turns 70 years young tomorrow, Sunday, March 25th. Tonight she’s celebrating with an all star party in New York, followed by taking a few friends to a Broadway musical. I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow after the festivities are over. But 70 years–what an amazing life the gifted singer, performer, and writer has had. From her early days at Columbia Records to her halcyon recordings with the Atlantic crew–Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin and Ahmet Ertegun. Her four CD box set, “Queen of Soul,'” tells that story. Then she went on to another successful chapter with Clive Davis Arista Records, with hits like “Freeway of Love” and “Jump to It.” Aretha marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, has sung for all the presidents, topping off with her performance at Barack Obama’s inauguration. In her hometown of Detroit she’s known for her generosity, giving annual gospel shows at her father’s church. This past year she released a  new record, “A Woman Falling Out of Love,” and recorded a duet with Tony Bennett. She’s also giving the best shows she’s done in years. A great mother, friend, and icon. Happy Birthday, Aretha. The best is yet to come!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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