Love it or hate it – Aretha Franklin’s big-bowed BEDAZZLED hat was THE sensation at the inauguration. Now the question is – where was everyone else’s hat? Man, it was cold-as-hell out there, below freezing – so what’s the big deal about wearing hats? Aretha did it right – the girl’s got class, she’s a Goddess from Detroit, Queen of Soul, a big-time act with a big-bowed hat – let freedom ring! let it ring!
“Aretha Franklin’s now-famous bow-tied, gift-wrapped, jewel-studded, $179 inaugural hat was designed, produced and sold to the Queen of Soul by Mr. Song Millinery, a family-owned business on Woodward Avenue just south of W. Grand Boulevard, a couple of blocks from the Fisher Building.
Starting minutes after Franklin finished her distinctive rendition of “My Country Tis of Thee” Tuesday, the store’s phones started ringing.
By this afternoon, they had sold hundreds of hats. A store they work with in Dallas had sold 500 more, and the material was running out.
“People are calling from England, asking for the hat,” said Luke Song, who designed Franklin’s chapeau. I’m shocked. I had no idea. We did not expect this. Source: Bill McGraw,The Detroit Free Press
And that soulful whisper-shout rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was an amazing piece of work – up there with Jimi Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner” – a moment suspended in time – she rocked the world!