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Published on August 17th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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A few more notes on Aretha Franklin (and yes, I will explain this featured picture)

It was wall-to-wall coverage of the death of Aretha Franklin yesterday with obituaries and tributes. In amongst all those stories were a couple of gems.

Aretha was not a Trump fan

According to The Daily Beast, Aretha regularly bashed Donald Trump in private and refused an invitation to his inauguration.

One source close to Franklin told The Daily Beast that after the election, she confided to associates that “no amount of money” could convince her to perform at the inauguration. Another knowledgeable source described her as “despising” everything he stood for, and as an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter.

Fox confused her with Patti LaBelle

When Fox got word of Aretha’s death, they used a photo of Patti LaBelle in their tribute. Oops.

There’s an Asteroid Named Aretha

It’s officially called 249516 Aretha and was spotted by a telescope in Mexico.

And if you’re still in the dark why Aretha has received so much attention, listen to this BBC documentary on her life and legacy.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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