Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert Planned for Madison Square Garden in New York
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Those taking part are expected to perform some of Aretha's biggest hits, such as 'Respect', 'Natural Woman', 'Chain of Fools', and 'I Say a Little Prayer'.

AceShowbiz - Aretha Franklin will be the subject of a major tribute concert in New York this autumn.

The Queen of Soul, who is reportedly "gravely ill" at her home in Detroit, Michigan, will be honoured at a show being organised by Sony Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis, who was largely responsible for the singer's career.

Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, staged at Madison Square Garden in November, will feature an array of big names, who will be announced in the coming weeks.

Those taking part are expected to perform some of Aretha's biggest hits, such as Respect, Natural Woman, Chain of Fools, and I Say a Little Prayer.

Meanwhile, the Queen of Soul's nephew, Tom Franklin, has confirmed the superstar is "sick", but he insists she and her loved ones are remaining positive about her recovery.

"We believe she'll pull through it, she believes she'll pull through it, and that's the important thing," he told People.com.

Aretha has been struggling with various health woes in recent years, and secretly underwent surgery to remove a tumour in 2010. Last year (17), she revealed she was set to retire from touring, and in January, she was forced to cancel a string of shows on doctors' orders. She last performed on 7 November (17) at an Elton John AIDS Foundation event in New York City.

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