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Aretha Franklin: 10 Questions

Last week, I interviewed Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Here's a takeaway, in response to a reader's question:

Q: How has not flying hindered your career?

A: It has not hindered my career at all. Miss Franklin can get around. I have been everywhere, believe me, on this bus--everywhere except across the ocean. And if it were an amphibious bus, I might do that. When I was flying, I never saw the U.S. and what it really looked like. I saw the back of the concert hall, the hotel and the airport. Now I really see America. The last time I flew was in '82. I had such a bad flight. A two-engine plane. The flight was dipsy-doodling up and down all the way home. I said, "Oh, my God, when I get to Detroit, that's it. That is it." And I have not flown since. But I intend to. It's been a long time.

Here's the interview's transcript. Stay tuned for the video.

In the interview, Aretha told me  that one of her favorite songs is Puccini's Nessun Dorma. Here's a clip of her singing Nessun Dorma, a couple years back.

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