The Queen of Soul in London: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin

This photo of the late, great Aretha Franklin pictured with two London bobbies was snapped for Jet magazine in August 1970 when the undisputed Queen of Soul was in town for a number of dates at the Hammersmith Odeon

Around the same time Aretha also played a set on the Cliff Richard Show at BBC Television Centre.

A clip from that programme in which Aretha sings the incredibly moving Don’t Play That Song You Lied can be viewed below.

Rest in peace Aretha.


4 responses

  1. A nice ‘local’ tribute to the sad loss of Aretha, Rob.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks Pete. If it wasn’t for the fact that this is a London themed site I’d love to have written a lot more about Aretha, always adored her music.

  2. I was there in 1970 and will never forget it – a once in a lifetime voice. Sadly there is no one close who is able to take over this mantle. RIP beautiful Aretha X

    1. Lovely comment, thanks Tom.

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