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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