Thursday, January 22, 2009

Everybody Wants Aretha Franklin's Hat... Seriously.

Believe it or not, people all over the country want a hat just like the Queen of Soul wore when she performed on Tuesday for President Obama's inauguration. Here's the scoop from

"The calls began to flood Luke Song's hat shop not long after Aretha Franklin finished belting out "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Franklin, who wore a gray felt custom-designed hat from Mr. Song Millinery, has inadvertently caused an economic boom for the South Korean immigrant's store.

Song said he wasn't prepared for the hundreds of calls requesting the hat with a Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow.

"We even have a lot of men calling to get it for their wives, mothers and grandmothers," Song said.

The hat worn by the "Queen of Soul" was hand-molded and would cost upward of $500 — if it were for sale, the 36-year-old designer said. Customers instead were offered a satin ribbon version for $179." To finish reading this article, visit this page on

If you missed her performance, and thus missed the hat, here it is. Sadly, every time I see or hear her sing, all I can think of was this recent piece from TMZ involving a lot of chili...


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