Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Aretha Franklin Wows Seth Meyers “Late Late Show” After Kennedy Center Triumph


Aretha Franklin is on a roll. Over the weekend she stole the whole Kennedy Center honors from all the inductees, performing Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman.”

King and Goffin wrote the 1968 hit at the urging of Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler. He came up with the title and gave it to the hit songwriters. That’s why he got a songwriting credit and some royalties.

Aretha told me last night at Seth Meyers’ show: “Jerry Wexler bought me that song almost 50 years ago. And it still stands up!” She ain’t kidding.

Last night the Queen of Soul took the stage on The Late Late Show with Seth Meyers, and blew away the audience with her version of “I Will Survive.”

Afterwards, Ms. Franklin took posse to Gallagher’s Steak House. She needed to replenish after all that exercise!

Tonight, Aretha makes a rare appearance at the opening of “The Color Purple” on Broadway. She’s eyeing Jennifer Hudson to play her in a biopic.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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