During a CBS This Morning interview, the legendary piano player, Stevie Wonder, started to cry a little bit while reminiscing on the final moments he had with Aretha Franklin. When he first started talking with the host, he admitted that he and Aretha had plans to record new music together.
“We talked about doing some music as recent as two months ago,” the piano played remarked. Stevie said he had a song called, “The Future,” and they were going to sing it as a duo.
As the musician progressively became quieter, he added, “I thought I’d cried my last tear.” According to the star, he flew from LA to Detroit to speak with her for the last time, but “she wasn’t able to speak back.”
Stevie, who spoke with Aretha on her deathbed, said he told her to say “hello” to his sister, who also passed away this year. Stevie concluded his commentary by speaking about Aretha’s dad, Reverend CL Franklin, who had a large impact on Wonder’s music and life.
Aretha started her singing career as a young girl, where she sang before her father’s congregation. Her father recognized her talent right away, and subsequently became her manager when she was 14-years-old.
Stevie said, “she touched every genre,” and was an “incredible singer.” As it was previously reported, Franklin passed away in the hospital on Thursday morning while surrounded by friends and family.
As fans of the singer know, Aretha went on to have a plethora of hits in the 1950’s and the 1960’s, including, perhaps most famously, her rendition of the Otis Redding song, “Respect.”
The song features one of the most iconic choruses of all time and has since gone down in history as one of the greatest, with Rolling Stone magazine, putting it into to the number 5 spot.