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May 13, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Aretha Franklin has canceled two scheduled performances later this month because of treatment she's undergoing for an undisclosed medical condition, the Associated Press reports. The Grammy Award-laden R&B-soul-gospel singer is forgoing her appearance May 20 with the Chicago Symphony, a “Corporate Night” fundraiser for the group, under doctor's orders, according to an announcement posted on the Chicago Symphony website. Janelle Monae will sub for Franklin at the event. The 71-year-old singer will also miss a May 26 date at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut.
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January 24, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Clive Davis typically has many irons in many fires. So even though he's holed up in an elegant Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow he's had at his disposal "forever" - fielding phone calls, e-mails and, yes, even faxes while organizing the annual pre-Grammy Awards bash he's again hosting at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - the veteran producer and record executive makes a point of talking about a project especially close to his heart: a Whitney Houston live album....
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May 14, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
R&B star Janelle Monáe will step in for an ailing Aretha Franklin at an upcoming concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Franklin was under doctor's orders to withdraw from the May 20 “Corporate Night” fundraiser, according to the orchestra's website. CSO representatives said the 71-year-old singer will be undergoing medical treatment at that time; they did not elaborate on her health. CHEAT SHEET: Spring Arts Preview Franklin, who missed shows in 2010 for unspecified medial reasons, also canceled a May 26 show at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut.
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December 12, 2013 | By Hugh Hart
Elvis. Aretha. The Beatles. These are the titans. Jerome Felder, Spooner Oldham and Freda Kelly? They're the supporting players. Following on last year's Oscar-winning Sixto Rodriguez documentary, "Searching for Sugarman," a fresh set of nonfiction films this year focused on low-profile talents whose stories are every bit as fascinating as their more famous compatriots. Leading the charge this year: Oscar shortlisted documentary "20 Feet From Stardom. " Financed by the late record executive Gil Friesen, "Stardom" offers a bittersweet group portrait of half a dozen background singers who helped define landmark recordings by Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, Sting and Stevie Wonder but failed to carve out comparable solo careers for themselves.  FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 At the outset, director Morgan Neville faced a daunting challenge.
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July 26, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Aretha Franklin has historically name-checked friends who show up at her concerts, and things were no different Wednesday during the Queen of Soul's return to Los Angeles. Franklin, 70, acknowledged Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and even her ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, from the Nokia Theatre stage. But that tradition took on a different, deeper meaning this time around -- one that focused largely on mortality. She delivered a touching salute to her honorary niece, Whitney Houston, and alluded to the still-undisclosed illness that put her (Franklin)
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December 16, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
Aretha Franklin added her voice Friday to the many mourning Ahmet Ertegun, the Atlantic Records co-founder who died Thursday at age 83 after a storied career that helped bring the music of Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, the Drifters, Wilson Pickett and other seminal black artists to mainstream success. "Ahmet was a humanitarian.
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May 8, 1993 | DENNIS HUNT
With her fervent R&B/gospel style, Aretha Franklin was a dominant force in the 1960s. In the varying musical climates since then, she hasn't been a major hit-maker but has influenced a generation of artists. You get a feeling for her talent and the scope of her musical influence on the generally excellent "Aretha Franklin: Duets" (at 10 p.m. Sunday on Fox, Channels 11 and 6).
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February 6, 2009 | Associated Press
President Obama took a do-over on his oath of office. Now the Queen of Soul is following his lead. Aretha Franklin has recorded a "preferred version" of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," the song she performed at Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Franklin said in a statement Thursday that she wasn't able to give her "very best" in the ceremony's cold weather. Franklin says she wants fans to have the best possible version of her singing the song. The single, released this week, is available online through iTunes, Rhapsody and other outlets.
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March 8, 1998 | Connie Johnson
Aretha Franklin is back after a six-year recording hiatus, and that's the good news. The bad news is that she comes across as tentative as Michelle Kwan was in Nagano. When a leader in her field doesn't fully go for it, it's hard not to be disappointed. Much of this album was produced by current hotshots young enough to be Franklin's kids. None really has a feel for what makes her distinctive and great--except Lauryn Hill of the Fugees, an extraordinary talent in her own right.
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August 29, 1988 | KRISTINE McKENNA
In addition to being one of the premier voices to emerge from popular music in the last 30 years, Aretha Franklin is one of its great mysteries. A fiercely private woman who guards her interior life with a steely gaze that cuts like a laser, Franklin has eluded the prying questions of journalists for years, and she succeeds yet again in revealing little of herself in the profile that airs tonight at 9 on KCET Channel 28.
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November 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
How does a novice filmmaker, and a documentary filmmaker at that, get access to some of the world's biggest rock, pop and R&B stars for his inaugural low-budget project? That was relatively easy for Greg Camalier - he just chose a subject all had exceptionally passionate feelings about. In this case, Camalier was able to enlist Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bono, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Gregg Allman and many other veterans to talk about the musical magic that seemed to flow so consistently out of recording studios in rural Muscle Shoals, Ala., the subject of his documentary, “Muscle Shoals.” Camalier spoke with me about his 3½-year odyssey making “Muscle Shoals” on Thursday after a screening in Santa Monica that was part of the Los Angeles Times' Envelope Independent screening series . PHOTOS: Holiday movie sneaks 2013 Born and raised in the Washington-Virginia region, Camalier said he became inspired to try filmmaking while on a road trip helping a friend move from New York to New Mexico, during which they decided to explore the geography and culture of the south by traveling many of its back roads.
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October 11, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The 2013 edition of “A Very Special Christmas” albums benefiting the Special Olympics puts the focus on superstar names, with a roundup of holiday songs from John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Sting and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers among the collection's 11 tracks. The album, “A Very Special Christmas: Icon,”  is to be released on Oct. 15, and also includes recordings from Jon Bon Jovi, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Sheryl Cro, Wham! and Carrie Underwood.
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May 14, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
R&B star Janelle Monáe will step in for an ailing Aretha Franklin at an upcoming concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Franklin was under doctor's orders to withdraw from the May 20 “Corporate Night” fundraiser, according to the orchestra's website. CSO representatives said the 71-year-old singer will be undergoing medical treatment at that time; they did not elaborate on her health. CHEAT SHEET: Spring Arts Preview Franklin, who missed shows in 2010 for unspecified medial reasons, also canceled a May 26 show at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut.
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May 13, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Aretha Franklin has canceled two scheduled performances later this month because of treatment she's undergoing for an undisclosed medical condition, the Associated Press reports. The Grammy Award-laden R&B-soul-gospel singer is forgoing her appearance May 20 with the Chicago Symphony, a “Corporate Night” fundraiser for the group, under doctor's orders, according to an announcement posted on the Chicago Symphony website. Janelle Monae will sub for Franklin at the event. The 71-year-old singer will also miss a May 26 date at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut.
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July 26, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Aretha Franklin has historically name-checked friends who show up at her concerts, and things were no different Wednesday during the Queen of Soul's return to Los Angeles. Franklin, 70, acknowledged Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and even her ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, from the Nokia Theatre stage. But that tradition took on a different, deeper meaning this time around -- one that focused largely on mortality. She delivered a touching salute to her honorary niece, Whitney Houston, and alluded to the still-undisclosed illness that put her (Franklin)
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June 10, 2012 | By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
There are hundreds of spirited musical tales in "When I Left Home," Buddy Guy's new autobiography, which offers a colorful account of his 50-year-long tenure as perhaps the most influential guitar slinger in Chicago blues. One of the best comes when the young Guy, having recently headed north from Louisiana in the late 1950s to make his fortune, meets Muddy Waters, the reigning pasha of Chicago's blues scene, sitting in a red Chevy wagon parked behind a club, eating cold cuts. "His dark skin had a glow," Guy recalls.
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October 9, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Aretha Franklin's "Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings" is an example of the evolution of CD "greatest hits" packages. Back in the mid-'80s when the commercial potential of CDs was still being tested, record companies just issued CD versions of the old vinyl or cassette greatest-hits collections. Hence, Atlantic's skimpy "Gold" and "Best Of" Franklin packages.
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February 8, 2008 | Solvej Schou, Associated Press
Aretha Franklin feels lighter than air these days. The Queen of Soul will be honored tonight as person of the year for MusiCares, a Recording Academy charity supporting music education. She's also up for her 18th Grammy on Sunday, nominated for best gospel performance for a duet with Mary J. Blige. And she's, well, actually lighter.
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April 14, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Trumpeter Wayne Jackson was the personification of mixed emotions in February when he and his longtime musical partner, saxophonist Andrew Love, were presented with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award for their work over half a century together as the Memphis Horns. Jackson tearfully acknowledged the music industry accolade for the hundreds of recordings that he and Love made in Memphis and elsewhere. They had backed such R&B and soul music greats as Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett, and rock, pop and country luminaries that included Elvis Presley, U2, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Robert Cray and James Taylor.
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May 13, 2011 | By Don Heckman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Cornell Dupree, a versatile guitarist whose long, productive career included performances and recordings with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Miles Davis and Lena Horne, died Sunday at his home in Fort Worth. Dupree, who had emphysema, was 68. Often called "Mr. 2,500" as a reference to the number of recordings he participated in, occasionally as a leader but mostly as a first-call sideman, Dupree adapted easily to the changing demands of soul, R&B, pop, jazz and beyond during his nearly five-decade career.
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