Watch Faith Hill Perform at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

03 September, 2018, 21:46 | Author: Jared Lewis
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"We started at as like Aretha groupies or something", Clinton, 72, said to laughs.

Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace knows well the boldface guest list and surrounding pomp and circumstance, but he has a higher mission in mind. The missing voice was Aretha Franklin's.

Detroit has plans to honor one of its most famous residents.

Franklin's funeral service was invite-only, but the first 1,000 fans were allowed in for the historic event.

Though her records were played millions of times, she earned little in radio royalties from smashes like 1967's "Respect" because such payments go overwhelmingly to the song's author, not the performer. Living life in the spotlight as part of the music industry from age 12, she also gained a reputation as a feminist and champion in the fight for civil rights.

Many people posted close-up images of the moment on Twitter, tagging it #RespectAriana.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced during the service that the city would rename the riverfront amphitheater Chene Park to "Aretha Franklin Park". She also wrote some lesser hits, such as "Rock Steady".

"I personally and sincerely apologise to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community", Ellis said.

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Late Friday, Franklin was laid to rest in a mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, the final resting place of her father.

Clinton said he walked into the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on W. 110th Street and was surprised that Franklin summoned him to meet with her privately and talk a bit before the festivities. She also listened a great deal to Jim Reeves and the soulful ballads of many African American musicians like Otis Redding and the more dramatic James Brown.

The music legend's granddaughter and other loved ones shared personal memories of her, most of which centered around her generosity and ability to make everyone feel like they were her "favorite".

"You're going to be one of the future voices in the choir of angels", he added, before breaking into an a capella rendition of his ballad Really Gonna Miss You. "I know you'll be watching me from the windows of heaven..."

"I do not plan anything (with) someone I love like that", Robinson, a Motown great who grew up with Franklin, told The Associated Press.

Prior to walking into Aretha Franklin's funeral in Detroit, Michigan, on Friday, Knight seemed to reveal that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the same disease that Franklin died from. Here are five books in celebration of the unmatched and classical Aretha Franklin.

Some did; former President Clinton was given extra time.

The Wright Museum is the second-largest black museum in the USA, and it hosted a viewing in 2005 for civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

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