Aretha Wows Producers Was, ‘Babyface’ With Soulful Vocals, Arrangements

Source: Susan Whitall / The Detroit News

Southfield —After hearing Aretha Franklin run through a number of songs for her forthcoming album on Thursday, producer Don Was teased her. “I saw you on TV this morning,” he said. “You were saying you hoped I brought some Grammys in my suitcase.”

Franklin laughed. On Wednesday she had talked about the Grammys Was helped Bonnie Raitt earn for her 1989 album “Nick of Time.”

“I wouldn’t mind another Grammy,” said Franklin. “That wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all.”

“How many do you have?” co-producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds asked. “Nineteen,” Franklin said.

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