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Aretha Franklin headed to Blues Hall of Fame

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The late Aretha Franklin will be joining another Hall of Fame this spring.

Franklin will be among the six inductees into the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame in a ceremony taking place on May 8, during Blues Music Week in Memphis. The organization cited Franklin as a "legendary singer," noting that "the blues is very much a foundation of her music, as albums like 'Aretha Sings the Blues' and her Dinah Washington tribute stand as a testament to."

Franklin -- who passed away last Aug. 16 in Detroit at the age of 76 -- was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1979. She's also a member of the UK Music Hall of Fame (2005), the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2012), the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame (2015) and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame (2018).

Other blues Hall of Fame inductees this year include Count Basie, singer Ida Cox, Booker T. & the MG's, guitarist Pee Wee Crayton and Folkways Records founder Moses "Moe" Asch. More information can be found at blues.org.

Web Site: www.blues.org

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