OWN to celebrate Aretha Franklin's life with a television special
In the special Oprah Winfrey talks with Aretha Franklin about her life and career, including her autobiography, 'Aretha: From These Roots.'
In memory of iconic singer Aretha Franklin, the Oprah Winfrey Network will present a special re-airing of the Queen of Soul’s 1999 television interview from 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' this Saturday, August 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
In the special, Oprah Winfrey talks with Aretha Franklin about her life and career, including her autobiography, 'Aretha: From These Roots.' Viewers will also have a chance to see the late star perform her hits such as 'Think,' 'Respect,' and 'Miss Clawdy Medley.' These performances were originally sung by Franklin in honor of her father.
The special will also feature some candid moments from the show where Franklin shares her favorite recipe. She also pays homage to her roots in gospel music by performing her hit 'We Need Power.'
Franklin passed away on Thursday after battling undisclosed health issues. The singer who was 76 had been moved to hospice care in her Detroit home just a couple of days ago. At the time, the family was hopeful that she would recover. Her nephew Tim Franklin had said at the time, "She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people." Tim noted that the family members are spending time with her and making sure that the singer stays away from fake news on the social media about her being dead. They are all praying for her recovery. "Family is there with her," he said. "She’s home."
He also noted that when he had met her after she was moved into hospice care and the two had spoken for a long time. "I saw her a week ago Friday, and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour. My brother was there on Saturday, and she was alert, talking, laughing, joking," Tim had said.
"She’s watching TV, so god forbid she sees all of this ‘Aretha’s dead,’ so I don’t want to dampen her spirits on that," he had further added in a conversation with People. "We believe she’ll pull through it, she believes she’ll pull through it, and that’s the important thing,” he had said.
Apart from OWN's tribute to Franklin, there's also a musical tribute in the pipeline. The show is reported to be held at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 14. The idea was reportedly proposed by Clive Davis, Sony Music's Chief Creative Officer. He is said to have been the singer's longtime friend. The tribute is to be a celebration of her iconic career that has spanned over almost six decades. The concert will be called, 'Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin.' The lineup for the tribute hasn't been announced yet.
Jay Z and Beyonce also recently dedicated their concert to Franklin. On the Detroit leg of their 'On The Run II Tour,' at Fort Field, Beyonce said, "This show is dedicated to Aretha Franklin. We love you and thank you."