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article imageUnpaid back taxes could cause Aretha Franklin to lose Detroit home

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Mar 13, 2008 in Entertainment
Aretha Franklin known as "The Queen of Soul" and "Lady Soul," is in jeopardy of losing her slate-roofed mansion in Detroit Michigan. She owes $19,192 in back taxes on the home that she owns in Detroit.
The Queen of Soul has until March 31 to pay taxes and late fees of $445 owed from her 2005 taxes. If they are not paid the property will go into foreclosure.
According to freep.com Franklin stated:
"It was a mere oversight on my attorney's part to notify me," Franklin said Wednesday in an e-mail to the Free Press through her publicist, Robyn Ryland-Sanders. "It will be taken care of immediately and thank you for making me aware of it."
Her slate-roofed brick mansion was built in 1927 and is valued at $700,000. She said the taxes will be paid by the deadline on her home.
Franklin was born March 25 1942 to Rev. C. L. Franklin who besides being a Detroit pastor was also a Detroit gospel singer.
She began to sing gospel music when she was a young girl in the Midwest. Her first recording was made at the age of 14.
She signed a record deal with CBS/Columbia in 1961 which began her pop music career. It was not until 1967 when she signed with Atlantic Records that her career really took off.
Some of her most popular hits include "Respect", "Chain of Fools" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
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