Aretha Franklin’s funeral fit for a queen

Tanya Cunningham
September 3, 2018

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was given a star-studded send off in United State.

Watch the musical tribute in the player above.

Flowers sit atop the casket during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit.

"Everybody just point over there and tell her, "We got your back!'" said Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, which the audience shouted in Waters" direction.

Hours before the event, fans began lining up, jostling for position as police shuffled them around the streets surrounding the church. Watching Aretha perform it and drive Obama to tears in a you tube video and watching King in the stands completely lose it as the song she sang is delivered with such greatness by Aretha King is what mesmerizing videos are made of.

The video shows the changing of the palace guard ceremony joined by a military band called the Band of the Welsh Guards-who normally play during the daily ceremony-playing Respect in tribute to the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin.

Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. She lived with faith - not without failure, but overcoming her failures. (Franklin is being buried in a gold dress.) He also described seeing Franklin perform at Elton John's AIDS Benefit a year ago, her final public show. She looked "desperately ill" but managed to greet him by standing and saying, "How you doing, baby?"


Her career, Clinton noted, spanned from vinyl records to cellphones.

"It's the key to freedom". Her friend Greg Mathis, the reality show host and retired MI judge, recalled his last conversation with her. 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. 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.

Aretha, a figurehead for the civil rights movement, also performed at Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, but the politician and his wife Michelle Obama are unable to attend the funeral today. Reverend JoAnn Watson, a close friend, says Franklin was especially devoted and generous to her hometown.

Aretha Franklin is dressed in a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels for her final outfit.

"I love her and I respect who she was and who she is and all of those kinds of things", Knight added.

All throughout the week, fans from around the country flooded Detroit to pay homage to the Grammy Award-winning megastar as Franklin lay in repose. Gospel music and opera filled the rafters, congregants danced and one of her sons sang "Mercy Mercy Me".

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