The “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, may be getting her birthday wish a bit early this year. Per reports, Memphis has gathered together to honor the iconic singer, in a special way. As fans of the “Respect” singer may already know, Franklin – who just so happens to be celebrating her 75th birthday today, March 25th – has recently been through the ringer, while battling health concerns.
Last summer, Franklin announced that she needed a bit of a break and cancelled three shows due to “doctors’ orders.”
“Due to doctors’ orders I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so,” Franklin, 74, said in a statement at the time. “I’m especially disappointed because two of them are among my favorite cities, Washington D.C. and New York. I don’t want to miss any. I should continue the rest of my tour by November.”
“I decided it was time to go home and take care of myself consistent with doctors’ orders,” she added.
Of course, this wasn’t the first-time the legendary soul singer has revealed her battle with a series of mysterious health issues. In a 2011 exclusive sit-down interview with Wendy Williams, the 75-year-old opened up about an incident that landed her in a Detroit-area hospital.