Mrs. Aretha Franklin
March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2009
I’ve been fortunate to hear “The Queen of Soul” – Mrs. Aretha Franklin perform in person a couple of times. The last time was the most memorable.
It was that majestic Tuesday morning on January 20, 2009 as millions were on hand for the inauguration of president Barack Obama. As the “Queen” made her way to the podium you knew you were witnessing history. Her rendition of My Country Tis of Thee was precious. Her impeccable precision and the way she performed the song lifted your spirit. The special hat she donned added to the regalness of the event.
As a matter of fact, many will remember the weather was brisk as the D.C. winter chill hovered around 15 degrees. Days after the great event, Aretha mentioned the chill affected her voice and in her great fashion she re-recorded the song in a more professional setting. It became a huge success and this tidbit added to the lore of why Aretha proudly wore the crown as the “Queen.”