Condi and the Queen: Franklin, Rice Perform for Charity

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Motown legend Aretha Franklin and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may sit on different sides of the political table, but they know how to harmonize on the musical spectrum.

The unlikely duo paired up in Philadelphia for a musical concert July 27 to benefit urban children.

Rice -- a classically trained pianist -- played as the "Queen of Soul" sang famous hits like "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Respect." About 8,000 people attended.

"Condoleezza Rice is going to accompany me. You didn't think she could play it, right?" Franklin said to the crowd.

Franklin is a staunch Democrat while Rice served as the national security advisor under the Bush administration -- yet, both agreed Tuesday's event wasn't about blue or red -- but green. Their three-hour concert is estimated to have raised more than $500,000.

"We don't talk politics, but I have lots of friends with whom I don't talk politics. I have friends all over the political spectrum," Rice said.

"I heard someone say that she played with a symphony and I said 'Condoleezza Rice plays with a symphony?'" Franklin recalled.

"We do have some things in common, but I am a Democrat forever. Let me be very clear about that, alright!" she later joked.

Rice said they met at a White House dinner and agreed they "should do something together."

The concert benefited Philadelphia's Mann Music Center for the Performing Arts and other programs supporting inner city youth.

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