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Aretha Franklin: Houseproud Aretha Loves To Get Home

Alan Smith, NME, 15 June 1968

"SIDDOWN," said the Queen of Soul. So I saddown — on a plush settee in a room at the Dorchester — and Lady Aretha excused herself for a moment while she made a coupla phone calls. She looked just a little older and heavier than I'd thought... beige dress, broad of hip... but the smile was warm, and she covered up her tiredness (out of bed at 5.30 that morning) pretty well.

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