More than 100 of the Queen of Soul’s closest friends gathered this past Friday night for her 69th birthday celebration in NY. It was a rare treat for friends when she sang at New York’s swanky Helmsley Park Lane Hotel.
Former Temptation Dennis Edwards and ex beau of Aretha’s managed to coax her into taking the microphone and duet with him on “The Way We Were.”
Some of the quests that appeared are Motown’s Smokey Robinson, Cathy Hughes, Cissy Houston, Roberta Flack, Michael Eric Dyson and more. A particularly memorable birthday gift was a sketch of Franklin that singer Tony Bennett drew and presented to her.