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Music Legends Mourn Soul Train's Don Cornelius | Aretha Franklin, Don Cornelius

UpdatePosted 02/01/2012 02:00PM

Don Cornelius Remembered by Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle & More

Originally posted 02/01/2012 12:55PM

Soul Train fans and music legends alike mourned the loss of the show's creator, Don Cornelius, on Wednesday.

"It's just so sad, stunning and downright shocking ... a huge and momentous loss to the African-American community and the world at large," the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, said in a statement.

"Don Cornelius single handedly brought about a melding and unity of brother and sisterhood among young adults worldwide and globally with the unforgettable creation of Soul Train."

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Aretha Franklin: The Wedding Is Off | Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Calls Off Her Wedding

Originally posted 01/23/2012 01:15PM

The Queen of Soul will retain her solo throne for now.

Aretha Franklin – who announced Jan. 3 that she and her "forever friend" William 'Willie' Wilkerson would wed this summer – released a statement Monday with a change of plans.

"Regretfully, To Our Friends and Supporters: Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly," said Franklin, 69. "There will be no wedding at this time."

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Beyoncé: Death of 'Queen' Etta James Is a 'Huge Loss' | Beyonce Knowles, Etta James

Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Pink Pay Tribute to Etta James

Originally posted 01/20/2012 02:45PM

Calling her "the eternally great Etta James," Beyoncé is paying special tribute to the quintessential R&B diva, who died on Friday morning at 73 from complications of leukemia.

"This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time," Beyoncé, who played James in the movie Cadillac Records, posted in a message on her website.

"I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a lifetime."

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Five Things to Know About Aretha Franklin's Fiancé | Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin's Fiancé Willie Wilkerson: 5 Things to Know

Originally posted 01/03/2012 06:00PM

When PEOPLE interviewed and photographed Aretha Franklin in her hometown of Detroit last spring, she had a ever-present, handsome and gregarious fellow at her side: William "Willie" Wilkerson.

And since the Grammy-winning singers' newest album was titled A Woman Falling Out of Love, it begged a key question.

"Is there currently a man in your life?" this reporter asked the Queen of Soul (while internally panicking about the protocol for addressing royalty about her love life).

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Aretha Franklin: I'm Getting Married!

UpdatePosted 01/03/2012 02:00AM

Aretha Franklin: I'm Getting Married!

Originally posted 01/02/2012 02:10PM

The Queen of Soul will soon have a king.

Aretha Franklin and her "forever friend" William 'Willie' Wilkerson are engaged to be married, her rep tells PEOPLE.

The iconic singer, 69, and Wilkerson are discussing tying the knot on Miami Beach, with an exclusive reception aboard a private yacht.

And for her dress?

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Aretha Franklin: Feeling Musical in N.Y.C.

Aretha Franklin: Feeling Musical in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 07/21/2011 06:00AM

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Aretha Franklin Injured – by Her Jimmy Choos

Aretha Franklin Injured – by Her Jimmy Choos

Originally posted 06/21/2011 07:00AM

Aretha Franklin has suffered a wardrobe malfunction – but not the kind that usually comes to mind.

On Friday, while on the road to promote her album A Woman Falling Out Of Love, the Queen of Soul put the emphasis on "falling" in her Dallas hotel suite – by stumbling over one of her Jimmy Choo spiked heels, which had gotten caught on her toe.

It "hurt like heck for a minute, but seemed to subside," Franklin, 69, said via her rep. Even so, a few days later, the music legend's tour bus made an unscheduled stop at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis, where X-rays revealed a fracture in her left index toe.

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Inside Aretha Franklin's Big Birthday Bash | Aretha Franklin

Inside Aretha Franklin's Big Birthday Bash

Originally posted 03/26/2011 12:00PM

When it's Aretha Franklin's birthday, you don't just sing any old tune.

At the Queen of Soul's swanky, star-studded 69th birthday party in New York City late Friday night – where Bette Midler, Smokey Robinson and Tony Bennett topped the guest list – revelers joined Dennis Edwards of The Temptations in wishing her well with a personalized version of "My Girl."

It went a little something like this: "I guess … you'll say … what can make me feel this way …. Aretha, Aretha, Aretha ..." And then the woman of the hour took the mic.

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Aretha Franklin: I Didn't Have Gastric Bypass

Originally posted 03/11/2011 03:30PM



Surgery helped Aretha Franklin lose 85 lbs. – just not that surgery.

That's the story the Queen of Soul's sticking to as she once again shoots down rumors about her health, this time the theory that she underwent gastric bypass surgery to drop weight.

"Definitely not – and would not," Franklin, 68, tells Access Hollywood in a two-part interview to air Monday and Tuesday. "I heard that [rumor]. I said, 'That is crazy.' "

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BUZZ: Did Aretha Franklin Undergo Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Originally posted 03/11/2011 09:00AM



Surgery helped Aretha Franklin lose 85 lbs. – just not that surgery.

That's the story the Queen of Soul's sticking to as she once again shoots down rumors about her health, this time the theory that she underwent gastric bypass surgery to drop weight.

"Definitely not – and would not," Franklin, 68, tells Access Hollywood in a two-part interview to air Monday and Tuesday. "I heard that [rumor]. I said, 'That is crazy.' "

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