Stevie Wonder visits a gravely ill Aretha Franklin

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ARETHA FRANKLIN:  Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson visit 

Stevie Wonder just visited the gravely ill Aretha Franklin; So has the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

According to Us Weekly, they are among the longtime friends who've spent time with the Queen of Soul at her home in Detroit.

While not commenting on reports that the Queen of Soul is in hospice care, her nephew Tim Franklin tells People magazine, "She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognize people... Family is there with her. She’s home."

Although she's seriously ill, Tim Franklin says the family is "trying to keep her spirits up and go from there."

In related news, an Aretha Franklin tribute show is being planned for New York this fall. Clive Davis, who helped revive the Queen of Soul's career when she signed her to his Arista label in the early '80s -- and has helped produce all of Franklin's releases ever since -- is overseeing the concert.

MORE BIG 95 KBGO MUSIC NEWS:  Wednesday, August 15th

PAUL McCARTNEY:  His '65 Mini Cooper S headed to auction

Paul McCartney's 1965 Mini Cooper S is headed to auction.

One of the four cars Brian Epstein had customized for each of The Beatles, this Sage Green stickshift model has a sunroof -- and might be recognizable from a scene in the 1967 movie Magical Mystery Tour.

It goes under the hammer September 1st at the National Auto and Truck Museum in Auburn, Indiana.

While the auctioneer hasn't posted a minimum or expected price, an Aston Martin originally owned by McCartney sold last year for $2 million!

The whereabouts of John Lennon's Mini Cooper are unknown; George Harrison's is still owned by his widow Olivia; and Ringo Starr sold his. It's now owned by a private collector.

THE KINKS:  Big announcement coming today

The Kinks have something brewing that will be revealed tomorrow (Wednesday).

They sent out a tweet today that says, "Tune into BBC Radio 2 at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow to hear something very special."  Could we could be waking to the news of a possible new Kinks recording or a reunion tour?  We'll let you know as we find out more.  

In June, Ray Davies said he'd been working on a new album with his brother Dave Davies and longtime drummer Mick Avory.

But Dave didn't exactly coraborate the story, saying, "Me and Ray have spoken about the possibility of us working on a new album. Ray has a few songs he wants to finish. I have three or four songs I’ve written with Ray. We’ve been talking about it for some time now. We haven’t discussed shows or anything else at the moment."

The Kinks "parted company" in 1996 following the release of Phobia. Original bass player Pete Quaife died in 2010.

STEVE PERRY:  October release set for new album

Amazon has a listing for a new album from Steve Perry.

Scheduled for release on October 5th, Traces is a 10-song collection of new material, his first album since 1994's For the Love of Strange Medicine.

Perry launched a few social media accounts this week with the message: "I know it's been a long time comin'."

Steve Perry's Traces:

  1. "No Erasin'"
  2. "We're Still Here"
  3. "Most of All"
  4. "No More Cryin'"
  5. "In the Rain"
  6. "Sun Shines Gray"
  7. "You Belong to Me"
  8. "Easy to Love"
  9. "I Need You"
  10. "We Fly"
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