Aretha Franklin cancels three shows

2016-03-16 13:08

Miami - Gospel legend Aretha Franklin has scrapped a mini-tour of Florida, in the latest cancellation for the 73-year-old star.

Franklin had three concerts scheduled this month in Florida but the venues ran similar statements saying that she could not go ahead "due to lack of band personnel", without further explanation.

The Miami area's annual Jazz in the Gardens, which planned Franklin as its headliner this weekend, announced on Tuesday that another R&B legend, Charlie Wilson, would step in at the last minute.

Franklin in August also cancelled a show in Las Vegas citing exhaustion, although the following month she sang Amazing Grace before Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia for a major Roman Catholic gathering.

Franklin, who has won 18 Grammys, is best known for her feminist-tinged cover of Otis Redding's Respect and went on to a successful pop career.

The daughter of a Baptist minister, she recorded her first album in his church in Detroit when she was 14.

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