Soul legend Aretha Franklin thrilled guests at her lavish 69th birthday bash on Friday (25Mar11) by breaking into song for a brief performance with former Temptations frontman Dennis Edwards.
The Queen of Soul put last year's (10) health scare behind by inviting over 100 relatives and pals to celebrate her big day at New York's Central Park Hotel.
After showing off her slimmed-down frame to guests including music mogul Clive Davis, Bette Midler, Tony Bennett and Smokey Robinson, the singer was serenaded by Edwards.
But she couldn't resist putting on a show, and launched into a mini duet with Edwards, performing a rousing rendition of The Way We Were. Edwards then led the party to sing Happy Birthday before Franklin cut her elaborate birthday cake.
The star has been out of the limelight since December (10), when she cancelled a string of concerts to undergo surgery for a mystery ailment.