“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now,” Franklin said.
But she hasn’t convinced longtime friend Clive Davis, who executive produced many of her albums.
“I don’t believe her,” Davis said in an interview Thursday while promoting his annual pre-Grammy Awards party in Beverly Hills, California.
“I think that what she might have meant was that she doesn’t plan an extensive tour — still not flying and still traveling by bus, it’s just hard to stay on that bus,” the music mogul said. “Aretha is still magical in person and still has the God-given voice that she has. I don’t believe that she’s retiring. I just believe that she’s cutting back, judiciously.”
Her presumed last album would be a kind of homecoming. Franklin and Wonder, a fellow Detroit hero, have known each other for decades. In the 1970s, she had a hit with a cover of “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do),” which Wonder helped write.