Aretha Franklin was feeling unexpectedly apologetic.
"I'm fighting an upper respiratory viral infection and shortness of breath, so forgive me if I miss a few notes," the soul diva told a packed house at Radio City Music Hall Wednesday. "But I wasn't going to miss this evening."
The occasion was the opening of the 16th Tribeca Film Festival, which this year was celebrating the celebrated record executive Clive Davis. Davis turned 85 this month, a feat that both highlights his long history in the music business and his continued influence in it.
The night featured the premiere of the documentary "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our...