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Inside Aretha Franklin’s Relationship with Her First Husband Ted White

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Aretha Franklin’s decades-long career dominance was rooted in songs that unleashed the power women so often had to hide. But the lyrics for one of her first big hits may have struck closer to her heart than many realized. In 1967’s “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),” she sang the words, “I don’t know why I let you do these things to me / My friends keep telling me that you ain’t no good / But they don’t know that I’d leave you if I could.”