Aretha Franklin's Funeral Is Fit for a Queen

"We started out as like Aretha groupies or something", Clinton said.

Though it sounds like a breach in royal etiquette, if Friday's memorial says anything, the family certainly did not hold that against her. So it stands to reason that Faith was chosen to perform during Aretha Franklin's Funeral at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan on Friday morning (Aug. 31). "I was there at what turned out to be the last public singing she ever did at Elton John's AIDS benefit a year ago". And while no one could claim Hill's rendition of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (which Hill has performed many times before) wasn't passionate and honest, it seemed nerves got the better of her Friday. She had 77 entries in the US Billboard Hot 100 and 20 No 1 singles on the R&B chart.

"She deserves the very best". "I was like, 'How are you a real person?' It's an honor to have met her, and we're gonna celebrate her". She lived with faith - not without failure, but overcoming her failures.

"She understood how to wield power without raising her voice. Yes she was born into a musical culture... but she also worked for years, I mean years". "And through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love".

He went on to call Grande "an icon herself". She was a civil rights activist when it wasn't popular.

"I really believe that this ... is going to be an eye-opening experience for everybody in the world watching", said gospel artist Marvin Sapp, also among the scheduled performers.

"How you doing, baby?" she asked him. You felt every word, every note, every emotion in the songs she sang.

A processional of Franklin's family and other loved ones filled the aisles of the Greater Grace Temple.

They filed past and paid their respects at Franklin's open casket, where they saw her wearing a sparkling full-length gold dress with sequined heels - her fourth and final outfit of the week.

Aretha's ex-husband, Mr Turman, appeared on Good Morning Britain after her death and told the hosts about the time Sammy Davis Jr. introduced her to royalty.

  • Marlene Weaver