Aretha Franklin Performs Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ On ‘Letterman’ / Whitney Houston’s Mom Sings Back-Up

Published: Tuesday 30th Sep 2014 by Sam
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The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is back at it.

As previously reported, the legendary singer will release ‘Aretha Franklin Sings The Diva Classics’ on October 21st and is leading the charge with first single ‘Rolling In The Deep’ – her take on Adele’s smash hit.

Backed by a full band which included Whitney Houston‘s mother Cissy (pictured below, left), the 72-year-old took to the stage on the Late Show With David Letterman last night to perform ‘Deep’ – which she inter-spliced with Motown classic ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’.

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Peep the performance below…

That was certainly something.

Check out Ms. Franklin’s interview…

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  1. Sweetnothings78 September 30, 2014

    Not at random, im ANY way :-/

    • Sweetnothings78 September 30, 2014

      I meant not at all random. Love Aretha.

      • LittleJohnny September 30, 2014

        Actually, this is not random. If you knew Aretha and Cissy’s history you’d know that Cissy used to sing soprano for Aretha. She’s the voice singing soprano on Aretha’s hit “Aint No Way”. Good Job Aretha. This was better than the recording!!!

      • Sweetnothings78 October 1, 2014

        @little jonny.
        I never knew that, thanks as it explains it.
        It was slightly awkward to watch though.

        Aretha was amazing as usual.

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    • TheTruth September 30, 2014

      This was a 911 plane crash. She needs to fire her stylist because her arm look like they have hail damage or a bag of crushed ice pellets. Ijs. 70 or not she should not get up here soundinding like she has stage four esophageal cancer. #girlgone

      • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 30, 2014

        Die

  2. ya September 30, 2014

    when’s the album come out?

    • JORIAL October 1, 2014

      Aretha’s album is available for pre-order now; Official release date is October 21st.

  3. booboo bye September 30, 2014

    I see you miss Franklin!!

  4. booboo bye September 30, 2014

    Every time i see miss Aretha Franklin Soul food comes to mind! DAMN im all hungry now shlt!

    • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 30, 2014

      Then eat me 🙂

  5. booboo bye September 30, 2014

    Ribs, chicken, green beads, cornbread, mac & cheese, greens, mesh potatoes ham hock.

    • booboo bye September 30, 2014

      Just to name a few.

      • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 30, 2014

        P****.. eat mine ho

  6. Dem Lessors September 30, 2014

    With that figure and at that age you should be covering it ALL up. Flawless performance tho!

    • Dem Lessors September 30, 2014

      Ok I lied she sounded like my cat when I accidentally step on his tail.

      • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 30, 2014

        Fu ck yo ENTIRE life

      • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 30, 2014

        Yaaaaaassssss bish

  7. let’s be real September 30, 2014

    the fact that at 70,shes vocally slaying youre 20something year old faves

  8. Molly September 30, 2014

    Who?

    • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 30, 2014

      Ho

  9. truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 30, 2014

    Yaaassssssss

    • TheTruth September 30, 2014

      Yaaaaas what ho! Your name needs to loose some words like she needs to loose pounds. #bloop

  10. LittleJohnny September 30, 2014

    Actually, this is not random. If you knew Aretha and Cissy’s history you’d know that Cissy used to sing soprano for Aretha. She’s the voice singing soprano on Aretha’s hit “Aint No Way”. Good Job Aretha. This was better than the recording!!!

  11. Stephon Maurice Jackson September 30, 2014

    *Clutches Purls & SCREAMS!*

    Oh My Jesus, yaaaaaasssss Miss Aretha! You better show those arms off gurl.

    The Queen Of Soul

    • Stephon Maurice Jackson September 30, 2014

      *PEARLS*

  12. NOLIES September 30, 2014

    I love Aretha and think she is the most important singer of all time. Every singer is following her blueprint whether they know it or not. When you ask MJB, Whitney, Mariah, even Patti, and more, they all bow down to the Queen of Soul.

  13. 1000 forms of Cake like Lady GaGa September 30, 2014

    -___-

  14. RDK September 30, 2014

    Ms Franklin the Legendary.

    • We all love Nicki Minaj September 30, 2014

      Yeah Legendary FLOP its all about Etta James & Chaka Khan MOVE OVER Aretha Floplin.
      Damn even Queen Nicki can sing better then she done here… HAHAHA

      • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 30, 2014

        This is y yo pappy left yo mammy…U WERE BORN!!

      • Kisses September 30, 2014

        Is a Nicki stan really coming for Queen Aretha? Does that botched up b**** even have a Grammy? Lessers need to know their place.
        #Sit h**

  15. DanityKaneStan September 30, 2014

    I’m sorry that s*** was awful those random head voice parts she would do was terrible she sounded a mess and she should def cover those arms up ijs n then Cissy well … She looked over it and unbothered all in one

    • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 30, 2014

      Look at name…ho really?? No comment. (Throws a bag of dog shyt at this ho honey

  16. We all love Nicki Minaj September 30, 2014

    She has a duet with Susan Boyle on her album called “granny’s return”.

    • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 30, 2014

      Eat her box

  17. Casual-T September 30, 2014

    I’m so proud of Queen Aretha for keeping her weight under control, but that gown was unflattering. She should have stuck to a straight rendering of the verses, because her verses sounded awkward, and her overall arrangement was distinctive enough from the original to still be interesting. Overall, it was a great performance.

  18. ronnoc September 30, 2014

    I respect ms aretha and all… but she looked like s*** and sounded like s***. Sorry

  19. YoursGrande111 September 30, 2014

    There’s still soul in those heads. Take me to church. To be honest I actually prefer her version, Adele lack that soul from the church that I was needed.

  20. YoursGrande111 September 30, 2014

    Prime Aretha would eat every b**** who’s mainstream even prime Mariah Carey can’t belt notes like prime Aretha.

    • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) September 30, 2014

      TRUTH

    • NOLIES September 30, 2014

      You would think with your fav being Ariana Grande (whose booze is a semitone above Selena Gomez’s studio voice) that you wouldn’t even talk about voices. Go sit down. We ALL know Aretha is the Queen, just like we all know AG is a FLOP.

      • Proud-Arianantor September 30, 2014

        A flop with multiple singles that have reached the hot 100 yawn get the f*** outta here you pressed soul

      • Kisses September 30, 2014

        Yet the flop still can’t get a platinum album.
        #Sit all the way down h**

      • Proud-Arianantor September 30, 2014

        Shut your p**** lips and speak when spoken to you peasant

      • Kisses September 30, 2014

        No.

    • Stephon Maurice Jackson September 30, 2014

      Whitney Houston & Patti Labelle were better than Aretha imo

  21. Huyeiro September 30, 2014

    naked fat – you have no conscience, Ree! Cissy looked so detached and lost. all the tragedy is on her face.

  22. facts September 30, 2014

    That was awful! LMAOOOOO!!!! I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING!!!

  23. TheTruth September 30, 2014

    Cissy is distracted by the dented meat portions flapping from the back.

  24. OMG Logic!!! September 30, 2014

    I didn’t know Jabba the Hut could sing. Well if you can call this mess of a performance singing.

  25. Navy nICK September 30, 2014

    She sounded good, regardless of all the mess u people talking tho! natural – born – singing!

  26. V October 1, 2014

    I Love Aretha, But I Need to say this was really bad.

  27. mike October 2, 2014

    I so wish I could see what all u people will look like when ur 72 & I hope same thing happens 2 u some young people make fun of u cuz of the way u look

  28. mike October 2, 2014

    u people just mad cuz at 72 everybody still knows who she is & has her mark in history & will be remembered for it & will be remembered for long after ur gone

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