Showing posts with label ARETHA FRANKLIN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ARETHA FRANKLIN. Show all posts

Friday, August 17, 2018


Aretha Franklin

I do not know what to say about Aretha Franklin. I photographed her so many times over the years. 

I remember her on The Rolonda Watts show. We filmed a cooking segment and drank champagne backstage. We had so much fun. Then there were the parties at Denise Rich's penthouse overlooking Central Park. I remember one night just laughing up a storm with Aretha. I have so many memories and they are good memories. RIP Aretha!

Monday, January 08, 2018


Mariah Carey

E! NEWS --  Mariah Carey Jokes That Aretha Franklin Would "Not Approve" of Her New Year's Eve Performance

Sometimes you have to power through!

Speaking with E! News' Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globes, Mariah Carey opened up about her New Year's Rockin' Eve performance. While it was a far cry from the technical difficulties she experienced at the beginning of 2017, she admits that the queen of soul may not have approved.

"Let me not get into past moments, but it was a great feeling to be in New York," Mariah explained to Ryan. "I was so happy that we shared that moment together." While she may have made it look like a piece of cake, it's no easy feat to perform in those freezing conditions.

"People loved it and it was not easy," Ryan complimented the singer. "I think you said, ‘Aretha would not approve of singing in those temperatures.'" Mariah is not one to shy away from the truth. "She would not." she shared.

Of course, Ryan could not let her go without also getting her to dish on her favorite recent TV obsession. "I love The Crown!" Mariah gushed. The queen has spoken! 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Courteney Cox

Matthew Perry
NO MORE FRIENDS --- Unfortunately, the cast of Friends will not be there for you anymore — Courteney Cox put a blunt end to any dreams of a possible reunion in the near future, telling David Letterman on The Late Show Monday night, "It's not gonna happen." In classic Monica form, Cox said she's been trying to get the cast back together for a dinner, but in the 10 years since the hit show ended, she still hasn't been able to get everyone together. "I can get the girls to come, maybe Matthew Perry. Matt LeBlanc canceled last time, right at the last minute. [David] Schwimmer lives here [New York City], so it's just not going to happen." Even a possible movie seems out of the question; with Cox pointing out that the entire show was shot in the characters' apartments, insinuating no one wants to see a 90-minute episode of that. Letterman did, however, suggest the protracted, potentially lucrative process of someone writing a Friends novel and then selling the movie rights to get the reunion rolling. "And then we will be done," replied a bemused, if not somewhat exasperated, Cox.

Last year, the show's creator Marta Kauffman shut down similar rumors of a Friends reunion special or movie, saying, "Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there's no need anymore."

Considering the amount of retro-shows that have been re-booted of late –think Ironside which lasted 3 episodes- methinks this to be a very, very good move.

MYERS SHADOW --- On her current single, the raging, unapologetic “Desire,” Meg Myers “juggles the pretty and the ugly perfectly,” as Stereogum noted, adding that with her “fierce-then-vulnerable voice, you have something that is as sweet as it is unsettling.” The Nashville-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has consistently worked that dichotomy in her music, exploring the tension between dark and light, sweet and sour, and sex and death in her cathartic songwriting. Her richly powerful voice, which can slide on a dime from a feathery trill to an anguished howl, is the perfect instrument with which to express her brooding, fiercely raw lyrics about craving what’s just out of reach. The words are bolstered by the layered guitar-synth soundscapes she creates with her collaborator and producer Dr. Rosen Rosen.

Released in April 2013, Myers’ debut EP Daughter In The Choir gave listeners their first taste of such ferocious anthems as “Monster,” earning her rave reviews and comparisons to female iconoclasts like Fiona Apple, SinĂ©ad O’Connor, and Alanis Morissette, though Myers cites Tracy Chapman, Joan Osborne, and Heart’s Ann Wilson as inspirations, along with Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, and Trent Reznor. The Nine Inch Nails frontman’s influence is evident on “Desire.”

Myers lets her pop instincts temper the dark quality of her songs, thanks to help from Rosen, a prominent re mixer who’s worked on tracks by Britney Spears, M.I.A., La Roux, and Lady Gaga among others.

Myers is the latest femme-vocalist to galvanize the L. A.-scene; along with Lana Del Rey. When I was West Coast-based two weeks back, I heard her music everywhere. Check this one out – it’s stunningly excellent.

MADDENING MEN --- Mad Men Sunday night, episode 2 of their final season, was a rather befuddling and formulaic episode until the last ten minutes. Don is confronted by his daughter Sally, suddenly and unexpectedly. She had gone by his office only to find him not there. She ends up at his apartment and he finds out she stopped by the office and finally confronts her in the car. Little by little Sally’s defenses break down; especially in a scene where they have dinner. Amazingly, this scene reminded me of the very, last Sopranos scene … in a diner. Creator Matthew Weiner, who was heavily involved in that late, great HBO show as well, continues to write, well like a modern-day Shakespeare. The ice finally broken, Don delivers Sally home, and as she gets out of the car, she wishes him a Happy Valentine’s Day (which it was) and says I love you. As many have noted: very interesting that the one person Don can now be fully honest with, is his daughter. Landmark scene for sure. BTW: The episode was titled A Day’s Work.

Aretha Franklin

CLOSING NOTES --- Aretha Live at the Fillmore West includes special contributions from Ray Charles and Billy Preston. A classic live performance by Aretha Franklin is out this week on CD via Pairing one of the rock era's legendary voices with one of its iconic venues, Aretha Live at Fillmore West recaptures the magic of May 7th, 1971. Opening with "Respect," and rolling through her version of Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With," Ben E. King's "Don't Play that Song" and closing with Diana Ross' "Reach Out and Touch," Aretha is backed by an all-star band featuring Billy Preston on keyboards.

The surprises include her infusing soul on Bread's gentle ballad "Make it With You" and her piano putting a distinctive spin on The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby." There's even a special guest -- Ray Charles joins her for "Spirit in the Dark." …

Producer Giorgio Moroder just did a special remix for Coldplay’s new single “Midnight.” Utterly brilliant as all his work has been.

Moroder helped invent disco in the 70's with Donna Summer (“I Feel Love,” “Love to Love You Baby”) and created the synth soundbed for various 80’s film soundtracks. After disappearing from pop culture for two decades, he came roaring back into the spotlight with a starring role on Daft Punk’s multi Grammy-winning; international hit album release Random Access Memories.

Ghost Stories, Coldplay's sixth album, will be released worldwide on May 19. It's their first since Mylo Xyloto in 2011.

Last week, the British band announced they would play six “intimate” shows in a trek that visits Germany, the U.S., France, Japan and the U. K. The itinerary as it stands will start April 25 at E-Werk in Cologne, then moves to N.Y., L.A., Paris, Tokyo and London.

PR-man David Salidor who helped create the New Music Seminar back in 1984(which was revived several years back after a dormant period) is about to announce a new event for later this year that will involve all facets of today’s entertainment business. Says Salidor, “When we started the New Music Seminar back in 1984, there was no SXSW, no Coachella … this new event will tie all these ends together, including publishing; touring; management. My 30-years in the PR-Management business, as well as with the Seminar, have given me a unique perspective. Stay tuned.” 

 Photos By: RD/Kabik/Dziekan/Walter McBride/WM Photography/Retna

Thursday, September 06, 2012



Aretha Franklin

Trump Taj Mahal presents Aretha Franklin in the Arena at Trump Taj Mahal on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Show time is at 8pm. Ticket prices are $125, $75 & $60. Tickets can be obtained by either calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or visiting on line at

For six decades, Aretha Franklin has been a beacon of creative originality. She is revered and loved with a passion reserved only for the immortals. She is considered the great voice of her people. And those people--black and white, European and Asian, Latin and African—all acknowledge her royalty and permanent place in this planet’s cultural history. 

Since the moment Aretha stepped to the pulpit at her father’s famed New Bethel Baptist Church as a young girl singing in the great gospel tradition, the world has recognized her as a musical miracle. Her professional career has had three dramatic turning points, one more exciting than the next. The first was her move from gospel to secular. In the early 1960’s, She performed in New York’s hippest jazz clubs with artists like Art Blakey and John Coltrane. Additionally, in conjunction with writer producer Clyde Otis, Aretha enjoyed a string of R&B hits: “Running Out of Fools,” “Soulville,” and “You’ll Lose A Good Thing.” 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Aretha Franklin

Author MARK BEGO did an in-store last week at San Francisco’s Alexander Book Company store, for his two current releases, WHITNEY HOUSTON: THE SPECTACULAR RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF THE WOMAN WHOSE VOICE INSPIRED A GENERATION (Skyhorse Publishing) and ARETHA FRANKLIN: THE QUEEN OF SOUL (Skyhorse Publishing) . Mark was there with Brian Summers, from B.S. Productions (channeling his inner Whitney!)and, Bernard Henderson from the Alexander Book Company.


Thursday, July 19, 2012




Celebrity-author Mark Bego, who currently has Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (Skyhorse Publishing), out in the bookstores, commented recently on the possibility of Franklin joining TV’s American Idol: “Aretha Franklin has long been revered as the epitome in the terms of ‘singing icon’ and ‘musical legend,’ so on one hand her volunteering to join the cast of ‘American Idol’ seems to be a brilliant and refreshing idea that would assuredly interpret into ‘press worthiness’ and ‘viewer anticipation.’ 

Monday, March 05, 2012



Aretha Franklin

The “TV Land Awards 2012,” honoring classic television, film and music icons, will return to New York City and be hosted by Kelly Ripa (nationally syndicated talk show “LIVE! With Kelly”), it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. Ripa previously hosted the show in 2007. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the awards show will honor powerhouse songstress Aretha Franklin with the Music Icon Award and will be held at the Lexington Avenue Armory at Gramercy Park on Saturday, April 14th. The “TV Land Awards 2012” will air on Sunday, April 29th at 9:00pm ET/PT. More honorees will be announced in coming weeks.

“We are ecstatic to welcome back Kelly as she reprises her role as host of the ‘TV Land Awards’ this year for our 10th annual celebration,” said Jones. “Her energy, enthusiasm and love of television make her the perfect person to lead the evening on the occasion of our 10th Anniversary.”

The successful “TV Land Awards” has scored a decade of success including the record-breaking numbers from the “TV Land Awards 2011,” which attracted over 2 million viewers for its premiere telecast. The star-studded special, which was held last year in New York City for the very first time, was the highest rated “TV Land Awards” show since 2004 across all key demos and posted double-digit gains in rating and delivery over preceding shows.

The "TV Land Awards" pays tribute to classic and contemporary luminaries of television, music and movies. The 90-minute telecast will feature exhilarating musical performances and will reunite some of the most iconic celebrity TV casts.

Previous honorees include Regis Philbin, Michael J. Fox, John Travolta, Bill Cosby, Mike Myers, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Garry Marshall, the cast of "Glee," "Desperate Housewives" and the hilarious sitcoms "Cheers," “The Cosby Show,” “Family Ties,” “The Facts of Life,” "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Bosom Buddies," "Welcome Back, Kotter," "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "M*A*S*H*." Past presenters include Academy Award©-winner Halle Berry, Barbara Walters, Justin Timberlake, Ray Romano, Steve Carell, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Robin Williams and Academy Award©-nominee Robert Downey, Jr., to name a few. Past musical performers include Liza Minnelli, Stevie Wonder, Blondie, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson and Lionel Richie.

Michael Levitt ("Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List," "Billboard Music Awards," "Scream Awards") is executive producer; Five-time Emmy Award©-winning Glenn Weiss is director (“Primetime Emmy Awards,” “BET Awards,” “The Tony Awards”); Greg Sills serves as supervising producer ("VH1 Rock Honors," "The Teen Choice Awards," "Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards") and TV Land's Larry W. Jones and Casey Patterson are executive producers. Tim Bruno is executive in charge of production for TV Land.

Photo By: RD/Dziekan/Retna

Saturday, January 14, 2012



Aretha Franklin

Stevie Wonder

Aretha Franklin And William Wilkerson

B. Smith

Gabrielle Union

Debra L. Lee And Montez J. Anderson

Paxton Baker And Rachel Baker

Michael Eric Dyson

Sally Stiebel And Mark Ein

Vicki Free

Luke James

Dhani Jones

Ann Jordan And Vernon Jordan

Beverly Kearney

Erika Liles And Kevin Liles

Vincent Orange

Demaurice Smith

Tonya Lewis Lee And Spike Lee

Marilee Fiebig With TJ Holmes

TJ Holmes along with Stevie Wonder, Demaurice Smith, Luke James, B. Smith, Aretha Franklin And William Wilkerson, Vicki Free, Spike Lee and others, attended the BET Honors 2012 Pre-Honors dinner at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC.

Photos By: Walter McBride / WM Photography / Retna Ltd.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


The guy or girl that writes this column is a very big industry insider who wishes to remain anonymous, but wants to write about all the headlines happening in Hollywood and the Music Industry.

Al Pacino

YOU DON'T KNOW JACK -- HBO's latest movie treatment "You Don't Know Jack", the backstory to Jack Kevorkian is screened tonight at NY's Ziegfeld Theatre. Expect Soprano-Vince Curatola; stars Al Pacino; Susan Sarandon; and, Danny Huston front and center. Levinson, one of my all-time favorite directors (“Diner,” “Rain Man,” "Wag The Dog," "Good Morning Vietnam") has reportedly produced another gripping epic. More on this next week.


Kevin Eubanks

EUBANKS BYE BYE – With Kevin Eubanks exiting Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show” on May 28 after 18 years, word is that his replacement will be none other than Rickey Minor from American idol, will be tapped. NBC said today that Minor will make his Tonight Show debut on June 7th. That’s a few days after Idol wraps its current season, season 9.


Emily Osment

Just heard “I Feel The Earth Move” from the forthcoming Micky Dolenz Carole King-tribute album (“King For A Day”). He sings it with teen-star Emily Osment and just rocks it for all its worth. Many in the music business have said that Dolenz possesses one of the best voices ever in rock music… and, he doesn't disappoint here. More on this next time. Speaking of Dolenz: Will he appear at this weekend's TV Land Awards hosted by Tim Allen? Reports are that he's wanted!


Alicia Keys

SH-BOOM ---This Sunday is the exclusive book signing for the absolutely terrific book by Clay Cole, “SH-Boom!: The Explosion of Rock & Roll (1953-1968). Cole was a somewhat permanent fixture on TV in the late 60s and early 70s and almost single handily brought about a revolution in music. Again, this book isn’t for everyone, yet if you cared about any of that ground breaking music from then, and how effective it was on society … this book is for you. I again cite how Cole brought so much diversity to his shows, R&B acts to rock acts, and was chastened for it by the people who ran the station. Yet, years later, when they were awarded for their diversity, they didn’t even acknowledge Cole. Shameful indeed! A true pioneer spirit with his stories that are just plain brilliant. This book underscores yet again just how different music is today. Back then, there were actual songs. I mean, I love Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind,” but, the fact is, next year this time, it’ll be just a distant memory. Sure, things go in cycles … and, several signs even not point to a radical change in music just around the bend. Who knows, with any luck, we’ll be dancing in the streets again. Marci Bird, who ran’s Cole’s fan club back in the day is hosting it. I'm currently reading this book for the second time. I've never met him before and I’ll be honored too … more on Monday!

Aretha Franklin

ARETHA MOVIE --- Reports have surfaced about award-winning director Taylor Hackford prepping a film bio on singer Aretha Franklin. Well, he did "Ray" so magnificently, so why not? Question: Will he be using the terrific Mark Bego-bio for the film; Aretha's own book ... or, something entirely new. It was brought to my attention that Franklin is still working with Dick Allen ... brother of the late-great-Cotillion Records president Henry Allen. This relationship dates back decades to when the singer was on Atlantic. Notoriously-finicky and not a joy-all-around to work with, this will be interesting. My guess is that the so-called pre-production time will be lengthy. Stay tuned.

Photos By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Thursday, April 01, 2010


Aretha Franklin

Superstars Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson will be inducted into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame in New York City. The late King of Pop and the Queen of Soul will be named Apollo Legends at their gala on June 14th. Jackson launched his career with the Jackson 5 at the Apollo’s Amateur Night in the late 1960s. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will also be honored at the star studded event for their humanitarian work.
Photo By: RD/Dziekan/Retna

Monday, December 15, 2008


Aretha Franklin

The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin performed at the NOKIA Theatre Times Square in New York City last night. The music icon brought down the house, singing her most famous hits.
Photo By: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

Monday, August 25, 2008


Christie Brinkley

Rosie Perez

William Wilkerson Jr. And Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin and her boyfriend William Wilkerson Jr. walk to the Ross School to prepare for her concert the other day in East Hampton, New York. Aretha looked smart in a shiny pastel blue skirt suit accessorized with a pearl necklace, and she walked arm in arm with her beau as they headed into the famed school. Also spotted watching the hit concert was actress Rosie Perez who was all smiles for our Buzz Foto photographer. Supermodel Christie Brinkley was also seen dancing the night away and enjoying a nice dinner.
Photos By: Iris Zimmerman/BuzzFoto

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Aretha Franklin And Katrina Peebles

Russell Simmons With Katrina And Don Peebles

Real Estate Developer and Author Don Peebles with his wife Katrina, hosted the pre-party for Russell Simmon’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” ART FOR LIFE gala at their Bridgehampton estate. Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was in attendance and danced the night away with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and guests to her famed songs. Recently Don and Katrina Peebles hosted and underwrote the ART FOR LIFE gala at their ultra luxury development, The Bath Club, in Miami Beach. That evening Peebles Corporation CEO, Don Peebles was honored for his immense efforts and philanthropic work to create entrepreneurial workshops for youth in conjunction with his books entitled, The Peebles Principles and The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth, being released this September. Other honorees included, Grammy Award winning artists, John Legend, Wyclef Jean and TV personality Suzy Orman. Peebles Corporation CEO, Don Peebles is a frequent guest on CNBC and will be appearing on the Big Idea with Donny Deutsch this Thursday.

Todd Shapiro With Sean 'Diddy' Combs

Peebles Photos By: Patrick McMullen

Sean Combs Photo By: James Edstrom

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is pissed off at Beyonce for giving Tina Turner her Queen of Soul title at the Grammy Awards last Sunday. The legend, who was honored with the Grammy MusiCares Person of The Year award, was shocked when Beyonce introduced her duet partner as the Queen of Soul. Franklin is known throughout the world at the Queen, and she felt more than a little snubbed. And, in a brief statement, Franklin snaps, "I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce, however I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy."

Saturday, January 26, 2008


Aretha Franklin

Singing legend Aretha Franklin is to become the fourth recipient of the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People Vanguard prize at the 39th annual Image Awards.The honor is given to stars whose "groundbreaking work" increases "understanding and awareness of social and racial issues". Past recipients are Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kramer and Prince. Franklin will get her award at the Image Awards on February 14th.
Photo By: James Edstrom

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Andrew Borrok with Michelle Rodriguez

Debra Messing with Polo winner

Debra Messing and Reggie Jackson with Polo teams
Opening day at the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at JetOne Jets field was one of the best so far with over 2,300 guests. Host Debra Messing was just one of the many celebrities that attended, including, Aretha Franklin, B Smith, Beth Ostrosky, Emmy winner Rita Cosby, Page Six icon Richard Johnson, Bijou Phillips, Danny Masterson, Debra Messing, James Lipton, Jeffrey Chodorow, Katie Lee Joel, Kelly Klein, Kim Raver, Leven Rambin, Nacho Figueras, Ralph Lauren, Reggie Jackson, Samantha Cole, Vito Schnabel, and Wilmer Valderrama. Other guests included Michelle Rodriguez with real estate mogul/chef Andrew Borrok, Madame Tongs and Prime 103 restaurant owner Jean-Luc Kleefield, Biba Boutique owner Barbara Blatt, Dr. Andrew Mark Klapper, Celebrity Trainer Radu, Nello Summertimes Nello Balan, and Core Development Group CEO Josh Guberman.

Rita Cosby with Richard Johnson and James Edstrom in the T-Mobile Sidekick Lounge
Some of the sponsors included alice & Olivia, St. Regis, Jaeger-LeCoultre Watches, The Trump Organization, Ocean Independence, Charter Yachts, 88 Greenwich, T-Mobile, Ralph Lauren, BluFish Concierge, Evian Spring Water, Amstel Light/Heineken and Zino Platinum Cigars.
Reggie Jackson with Jet One winning Horse
Photos By: James Edstrom