R & B

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Has Another Side–Survivor

New, Expanded Book Details Hardships; Marks 70th Birthday

Before Aretha Franklin was a pop legend, she was a gospel and blues singer. Like Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington before her, she has had to overcome prejudice, frustration, teen pregnancy and devastating emotional trauma during her career.

R & B

Nick Ashford, of Duo Ashford & Simpson, Dies at 70 (video)

Nick Ashford, who with wife Valerie Simpson,co-wrote and sang some of music’s best known R&B classics, has died in a New York City hospital after a bout with throat cancer. He was 70.