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On Aretha Franklin’s ex-husbands and children (Vanguard)

On Aretha Franklin’s ex-husbands and children (Vanguard)

Behind her seemingly effortless stage performances and the endless adulation that was showered on her, Franklin was a troubled soul. The product of a broken home and a philandering preacher father, she became pregnant for the first time when she was 12 and had had two children by different fathers by the time she was 15. Clarence Franklin, her father and the single most influential person in her life, was an enormously successful Baptist preacher. Aretha, one of five children, was born in Memphis but the family moved to Detroit when she was four. Her father, a close friend of Martin Luther King, drove a Cadillac and wore sharp suits and alligator skin shoes. His fame only fuelled his promiscuous behaviour, culminating in his fathering a child with a 12-year-old girl. Read more

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