Aretha Franklin's several ties to Augusta including close friend

Aretha Franklin's several ties to Augusta including close friendship with James Brown


Aretha Franklin was 76-years-old when she passed away earlier today surrounded by family and friends. The "Queen of Soul" made her mark touching millions around the world. She shared a special relationship with our very own James Brown.

"Her voice was everything. She was trained in the church and that's where it all started for her from her father CL Franklin," says Noura Gordon, Pyramid Music Manager.  

An iconic legend that needs no introduction. Her voice and numerous timeless classics did all the talking. And during her career, the Queen of Soul traveled to the Garden City to rock the stage and became good friends with ironically, the Godfather of Soul himself.

"They were friends for a very, very, very long time. She sent flowers to us when Dad passed," says Deanna Brown.

She remembers numerous stories from her dad but it's one story she only heard from Aretha herself that sticks out.

"She said that one time her father Rev. Franklin was robbed at his church in Detroit," says Brown. But the Godfather of Soul who was in Detroit at the time took matters into his own hands.

"I don't know what my daddy did, who he got in contact with. But he got everything back for Mr. Franklin," she says.

And that friendship became a one of a kind, both becoming icons in their own very ways. Aretha was always a call away for some in our area, like 13-year-old Charleston Lee who had the opportunity to meet her years ago as part of the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils.

"She still plays in mind. Stay in school, be good, listen to your parents," says Lee.

And as a legend passes on, her legacy will be forever remembered going forward whether it's in the CSRA, Detroit, or around the world.

"Pay respect where respect is due. For Aretha Franklin, R-E-S-P-E-C-T," says Noura Gordon.

The 18-time Grammy award singer will always be remembered for her hits, RESPECT and I ain't never loved a man the way I love you

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