Aretha Franklin

Photo Alert: Hit Celeb Bio Author Mark Bego At San Francisco’s Alexander Book Company Store

One of the Mac Wire’s  favorite author’s MARK BEGO did an in-store last week at San Francisco’s Alexander Book Company store, for his two current releases, WHITNEY HOUSTON: THE SPECTACULAR RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF THE WOMAN WHOSE VOICE INSPIRED A GENERATION (Skyhorse Publishing) and ARETHA FRANKLIN: THE QUEEN OF SOUL (Skyhorse Publishing) .
(Seen L-R: Brian Summers, B.S. Productions; Bego; and, Bernard Henderson, Alexander Book Company).

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Author Mark Bego on Aretha Franklin and American IdolL

“Aretha Franklin has long been revered as the epitome in the terms of ‘singing icon’ and ‘musical legend,’ so on one hand her volunteering to  join the cast of ‘American Idol’ seems to be a brilliant and refreshing  idea that would assuredly interpret into ‘press worthiness’ and ‘viewer
anticipation.’ She’s a veteran of the music industry; having worked with such revered figures as ‘Arif Mardin’ and ‘Jerry Wexler;’ but Miss Franklin also carries with her a lifelong  reputation as a fickle diva who is totally out of touch with reality. Don’t forget, she earned her reputation as ‘Queen of Soul,’ and as a mentor developing new acts, she’d be a fine choice. Truth be told, she’d definitely be a shot in the arm for the ailing show.”

Mel Gibson Tried To Help Whitney Houston

A new report says Mel Gibson reached out to Whitney Houston to help the singer overcome her personal issues at the height of her drug troubles.

The Braveheart star previously came to the aid of Britney Spears following her public meltdown in 2008 and offered up his estate in Costa Rica as a refuge for the pop star to recover from her struggles away from the spotlight.

Now TMZ.com reports Gibson also attempted to come to the rescue of Houston while she battled an addiction to cocaine, marijuana and other drugs in the early 2000s.

Website editors claim the actor visited Houston and spent time with her to help her beat her drug demons, and his efforts have landed him an invitation to attend the singer’s private memorial service on Saturday.

However, Gibson will not be able to join reported guests Kevin Costner, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder at the funeral in Newark, New Jersey due to family plans.

Houston died last weekend. Her cause of death has been deferred pending toxicology results.

The singer will be laid to rest on Sunday, a day after her funeral.