Crime History: Virginia woman arrested for Aretha Franklin impersonation

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On this day, Feb. 15, in 1969, Virginia hairdresser Vickie Jones was arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin during a concert in Florida.

Ocala County prosecutors brought her in for questioning and determined that Jones, 27, had been duped by a crooked concert promoter who lured her to Fort Myers with the promise to sing with Franklin. When she arrived, penniless, he threatened to "throw her in the bay" in if she didn't go on stage as Franklin.

At her hearing, prosecutors asked Jones to sing in the courtroom. The nervous Jones, hesitated, but she sounded so much like Aretha Franklin the judge spared her because the audience hadn't been able to tell the difference.

-- Scott McCabe

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