Go With the Flo: Many mourn the Queen of Soul’s pass

Florence Anthony | 8/23/2018, 3:12 p.m.
The legendary late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is being mourned and remembered by many of her colleagues in the ...

The legendary late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is being mourned and remembered by many of her colleagues in the music business. Among them is childhood friend Mary Wilson. A founding member of the iconic Supremes, Wilson said, “God gave the Queen, Aretha, the voice of an angel. I knew Aretha from her dad’s church, so I heard her sing early before she was a star. Her sister Carol and I were in the fifth grade.” Over the years Yours Truly was in Miss Franklin’s presence many times, but one of my greatest memories of the great singer happened in the press room of the Grammy Awards one year. She was onstage answering other reporters’ questions, and then she looked over at me and pointed: “And that’s Flo Anthony in the gold.” I was astounded to be recognized by the one and only Aretha Franklin. Rest in peace,

our Queen!

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