Franklin, who died at her Detroit home from pancreatic cancer, began her musical career as a child singing gospel at the city's New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father, C.L. Franklin, was the pastor, famous for his hypnotic sermons.
Former president Bill Clinton delivered a handsome speech at Aretha Franklin's funeral, honoring the Queen of Soul with sweet stories about their friendship. We grew up together.
She definitely did just that. For three days she lay in a golden, open-casket, wearing a different outfit each day - red on Tuesday, blue on Wednesday, rose gold on Thursday and a golden sparkling dress for her funeral on Friday. She's my sister and we are family, ' Knight said.
Among the singers and speakers, former U.S. president Bill Clinton, 72, took to the stage and paid tribute to Aretha in a moving speech.
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"It meant a lot to her and all of us", Turman said. "We really celebrate because we really recognize that those we call the dearly departed, they wouldn't want for us to cry and be sad and sorrowful".
Faith spoke about her connection to Aretha following her passing.
She received a standing ovation for her powerful performance of Franklin's 1967 hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, which was written by Carole King. "This is as close you get to royalty here in America and Aretha earned every bit of it", said Missy Settlers, 53, an automotive parts assembler.
The mayor said: "When Aretha Franklin sang, it sounded like the voice of Detroit".
Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece, told the AP she started putting thoughts to paper about events earlier this year as her aunt's health failed. She is remembered for her massive catalog of iconic songs, including "Respect", "I Never Loved a Man (the Way That I Love You)", "Think" and many others.