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Orgies, Alcohol & Anxieties: Biographer Says Aretha Franklin Did The MOST

Aretha and her father

Daily Mail Details the Book:

And perhaps most complicatedly of all, she came from a home where her father was a promiscuous gospel preacher whose church was a front for orgies which Ray Charles was to describe as a ‘sex circus’.

So questionable was his behavior that when Franklin became pregnant at the age of just 12 – her sexuality apparently awakened by the scene her father promoted – that rumors swirled around Detroit that the preacher was the father to her child.

In fact, he was not, but it was a reflection of his reputation rather than his daughter’s that the rumors even surfaced.

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