Live Coverage: Aretha Franklin’s funeral

NEW YORK – MARCH 21: Singer Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall on March 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Detroit will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin on Friday, August 31st at 10 a.m. EST. Over two dozen people — including heads of state, a record mogul, and music legends of nearly every description — will take the stage of the Greater Grace Temple to speak, sing and pray in honor of the gift that Franklin so readily shared with the world. Some of the folks who will be at the Queen of Soul’s homegoing include Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Clive Davis, Michael Eric Dyson, Cicely Tyson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Ronald Isley and others.

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Chris Stapleton’s heartfelt tribute to Aretha Franklin

Chris Stapleton | photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin | via Orange County Register

“I would never presume to sing an Aretha Franklin song but in tribute to her tonight, I’ll give it my best shot. She is the greatest singer that ever lived” -Chris Stapleton

Calling her the “greatest singer who ever lived,” Chris Stapleton paid tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles, performing a cover of the Queen of Soul’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.”  Continue reading →


Watch Aretha Franklin’s final Philadelphia performance from the Mann Center in 2017

Aretha Franklin performs at the Mann Center on August 26, 2017 | photo via

Last summer, the late great Aretha Franklin gave her final Philadelphia performance in Fairmount Park at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on August 26th. It was her next to last concert overall, followed only by a festival set in the Chicago metro area on September 3rd, and it found the Queen of Soul singing a mix of classic hits and deep cuts.
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Jan 22 in Music History: Dr. John releases Gris-Gris the same day Aretha Franklin releases Lady Soul

Dr. John Gris-Gris
1959 – Buddy Holly makes his last recordings alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his NYC apartment. “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Crying, Waiting, Hoping,” “That’s What They Say,” “What to Do,” “Learning the Game,” and “That Makes It Tough” would eventually be overdubbed and posthumously released by Coral Records.

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