The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, turned 70 on Sunday. At her birthday celebration on Saturday at New York's Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, she announced that next month she plans to start work on a new project with former music mentor, Clive Davis.
On what it feels like to be 70:
I was wondering, `What is it going to be like to be 50?' I can tell you now it feels like 40. So remember Benjamin Buttons? Ree Ree Buttons!
I am excited to see Aretha still going strong. I had the privilege of seeing her perform live at President Obama's inauguration in that now infamous giant bow hat. It was frigid and hard to hear, but I can say I was graced by her presence - and left with hope that I would see her again under more comfortable conditions. I'm hoping with her resent weight loss that will happen.
Give Aretha a birthday shout out and enjoy some of her hits after the jump.