Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Happy Birthday to the Queen of Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin!


Happy Birthday to the Queen of Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin. She turns 74 years young today, and she’s still rocking. The Queen was voted number 1 singer of all time by Rolling Stone, and she keeps rolling! Born in Memphis, raised in Detroit, Aretha is the standard bearer of all great American performers. She’ll celebrate today with her kids and grandkids in Detroit, then come to New York in mid April for her annual gala.

Here’s her beautiful tribute to Natalie Cole from New Year’s Day this year

And the Kennedy Center 1992

1975 Grammy Awards

and this past Kennedy Center Honors

Roger Friedman
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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