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August 23, 2018

DUKE FAKIR OF FOUR TOPS REVEALS THE LAST THING ARETHA FRANKLIN EVER SAID

DETROIT (AP) — According to Four Tops singer Duke Fakir (fah-KEER’), Aretha Franklin’s last word was “Bernadette.” Fakir says Franklin’s family let him talk to her on the phone a few days before she died, but they warned him she was not very responsive. Fakir told her how much he missed seeing her. He says her family told him that her eyes opened and she said “Bernadette,” and that was the last thing she ever said. He says that was her favorite Four Tops song. Fakir says he stopped going to funerals five years ago because he’s lost so many loved ones, but he’ll be at Franklin’s because she was family to him.

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GRETCHEN WILSON’S COURT DATE SET FOR NEXT MONTH

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — Gretchen Wilson has a court hearing on Sept. 13 to answer a breach of peace charge on board an airplane on Tuesday. Connecticut state police say they responded to a report of a minor disturbance on board an incoming flight at Bradley International Airport outside Hartford. They interviewed her on the runway and arrested her after she became belligerent toward them. Bail was set at $1,000. Her lawyer declined comment.

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NICKI MINAJ CANCELS U.S. LEG OF TOUR

ATLANTA (AP) — Nicki Minaj has called off her North American tour with Future. Minaj tweets she did not have enough time to rehearse for the tour, which was supposed to start in September. She plans to reschedule it for May, but Future will not be on it because of a scheduling conflict. Minaj and Future will start the European leg of the tour in February.

DUSTIN LYNCH IS INVITED TO JOIN GRAND OLE OPRY

NASHVILLE (AP) — Dustin Lynch had no idea that Trace Adkins was going to invite him to be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday. For one thing, Adkins was celebrating his 15th year as an Opry member, so it was his night. For another, Lynch says he and Adkins share a lot of the same personnel, so it wasn’t a red flag to see all those people watching the show. Lynch says he’s proud he kept the tears to just two minutes, because he’s a crier. His induction will be Sept. 18. Lynch has come a long way since the first time he visited the Opry. He sneaked in using a friend’s name. Lynch says he was “sweating bullets,” not only because he was backstage at the Opry, but because he wasn’t supposed to be there.

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LORETTA LYNN PLANS RELEASE FOR DELAYED ALBUM

NEW YORK (AP) — Loretta Lynn finally will put out the record she put on hold after she had a stroke. Lynn will release “Wouldn’t It Be Great” on Sept. 28. The album consists of songs written or co-written by Lynn, including some old favorites like “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” but new songs, too. The title track is available for download now. It was the last song she wrote for her husband, who died in 1996. She says in a statement he liked to drink and she always liked that song, but she didn’t like singing it around him.

ROLLING STONES FAN ASKS MAGAZINE TO PASS ALONG LOST DUET OF MICK JAGGER AND CARLY SIMON

LONDON (AP) — A Rolling Stones fan has sent a long-lost song featuring Mick Jagger and Carly Simon to Rolling Stone magazine simply because he wants Simon to have it. Entrepreneur Matt Lee says he’s not doing it for money and his motive was that the magazine would pass it on to Simon. The song is believed to be named “Fragile” and features Jagger singing lead and Simon singing harmony. It’s believed to have been recorded more than 45 years ago. A snippet was used in an unreleased documentary of the Stones’ 1972 American tour. Simon spoke of the song in a Rolling Stone magazine interview about two years ago and sang a bit of it.

By Margie Szaroleta

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