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The one and only Aretha

Buffalo can feel a little proprietary toward Aretha Franklin. She spent a good part of her childhood here – her father was the Rev. C.L. Franklin, and her mother was a nurse at Buffalo General Hospital – and it was in Buffalo churches that her mighty voice got its start. Franklin recalled Buffalo with touching nostalgia in her memoir, “Soul Survivor.”

“Days flew by, and summer passed too quickly,” she wrote. “Mr. Cohen’s grocery store had the biggest dill pickles, and Buffalo’s Texas Red Hots were covered with the best chili in America. I never wanted summer to end.”

The years pass, but the voice goes on forever. Franklin is coming Tuesday to blow away Artpark. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., the show starts at 6:30 in the outdoor amphitheater. On-site parking is $5, and admission is $17 in advance; $20 on or after July 20. For info on Artpark, call 754-4375.

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