PERSONAL BAGGAGE
A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder

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Aretha Franklin became the voice of black America during the civil rights movement. On page 43 in PERSONAL BAGGAGE Maureen quotes a saying she attributes to Aretha Franklin, an American musician, singer, songwriter, pianist, and honorary godmother to the late Whitney Houston.

On January 31, 2012, Aretha celebrated her seventieth birthday with the release of THE BEST OF ARETHA FRANKLIN, a fifteen song collection spanning the years from 1980 to 1998. In 1991, the year in which the book PERSONAL BAGGAGE takes place, she and singer Johnny Cash received the Grammy Living Legend Award.

Aretha was born in Memphis Tennessee in 1942 and by age nine was a soloist in her father’s church. At age fourteen she recorded a gospel album and in 1962 she reached stardom on Columbia Records with the hit song “Skylark.” In 1969 Aretha made the afro hair style popular and by 1970 she was referred to as “The Queen of Soul.” The best-selling album of her career, AMAZING GRACE, sold over two million copies.

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"...straight about something. The best advice I heard, I got from my mama: Fight Naked. It always worked with Carl and me. Then afterwards, he filled up my church, and I received his offering.” Raising her chin, Maureen looked down her nose at Penny. “Aretha Franklin,” she said. ..."

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