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Aretha Franklin 'worked for me,' claims Trump. Did she?

Aretha Franklin hadn't ventured far from her adopted hometown of Detroit for three years. But in the final weeks of 1988, the "Queen of Soul" boarded a custom-made bus, foregoing more traditional modes of transport, and set off for Atlantic City.

On short notice, and with little fanfare, she had been booked to perform at Trump's Castle, a casino opened three years earlier by Donald Trump in the garish Xanadu of sun and slot machines on the Jersey Shore.

"We've got twenty-two people with us on the bus, plus all of the new exquisite, lavish gowns I'm wearing in the show," she said, according to a 1989 biography by Mark Bego, "Aretha Franklin: The Queen...