Even though she had been unwell for quite some time, and even rumours of her dying only a few days before the unthinkable happened, when it did, it shook us all. My own circumstances will stay with me forever. I was driving to the studio to my my usual 3 hour 'Rhythm & News' show when the story broke on my telephone. TMZ saying Aretha had finally left us. I continued driving, though in a slight state of shock. Before I had arrived I had already decided to abandon my usual show, instead deciding I would dedicate the last hour to The Queen of Soul. I also thought there was no way I could begin the show in my usual upbeat very funky manner. So in respect I begin with Aretha. I will not lie, in the beginning I am very shaky (the news still fresh in my mind), at times I'm trying to keep it all together.
So here is the show. Let me point out the entire show is not all sad and somber. As I say on air, we will celebrate her and the musical gems she has left us. This we do.