Even the evermore curmudgeon-y David Letterman couldn't hold back his excitement when Detroit-native Aretha Franklin appeared on his show on Monday night.
The Motown legend has been making the media rounds recently in order to promote her new upcoming album, titled Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. The record is currently set to be released on October 21.
On "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday night, Aretha Franklin proved she's still the undisputed Queen of Soul with her powerful and awe-inspiring rendition of Adele's immensely-popular song, "Rolling in the Deep." For an added treat, Franklin and her plethora of backup singers and musicians also interspersed the performance with tidbits of the seminal classic "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
To make the incredible scene all that much more complete, Cissy Houston, mother of the late diva singer, Whitney Houston, also joined the revue on stage, much to David Letterman's own delight. All-in-all, the whole performance was a complete blast from the past of Franklin's glory days of chart-topping hits.
Now, granted, Aretha Franklin may not have the same vocal prowess that she once had, but her rendition was still all the more exhilarating by the added fact that Franklin turned 72-years-old earlier this year. To find more than a handful of septuagenarians who can sound like that would be a mighty task indeed.
Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics marks a return to form for Franklin after a few years out of the spotlight, but unlike many other swan songs, this effort actually looks legitimate and validated. From President Barak Obama (to whom she sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at his first inauguration in January of 2009), to the still-sold out crowds around the country, this soulful diva is proving that she still has a lot to look forward to, despite a bout of ill health in recent years that the songstress seems to have recovered remarkably well from.
Franklin was born in Detroit and later moved around between New York City and Los Angeles before returning to the Motor City back in the early 1980s. She currently resides in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills near her family.
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