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In the Museum: Aretha Franklin10/10

Aretha Franklin hat from the exhibit Treasures from the Vault

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Aretha Franklin went to Luke Song’s shop in her hometown of Detroit looking for a hat to wear for her performance at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009. “She was looking for something stylish, but mostly she wanted something that would keep her warm,” said Song, who has been making women’s dress hats for 25 years. This is an exact replica of Franklin’s inauguration hat, which is customized with Swarovski crystals and retailed for $179.
In the Museum: Aretha Franklin
1: Southern Christian Leadership Conference Benefit Concert Poster, 1967
2: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You Album Proof Sheet, 1967
3: Aretha Franklin Dressing Room Door Note, c. 1985
4: Aretha Franklin Valtino Dress, 1979
5: Aretha Franklin Appointment Book, 1981
6: Aretha Franklin Dress, 2007
7: “I Heard It through the Grapevine,” 1966 Written by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield
8 & 9: “Rhythm of the Freeway” Demo Cassette (top) and Tape Box (bottom)
Aretha Franklin hat from the exhibit Treasures from the Vault