A Funeral Fit For A 'Queen'

Watch Ariana Grande Perform ‘Natural Woman’ At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

Watch Ariana Grande Perform ‘Natural Woman’ At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

She also reveled in the great jazz musicians of the past, Stevie Wonder and the great Louis Armstrong.

"She was bathed in the black church". My mother's musical interest was eclectic. "Even when we would fuss". By now my own musical influences and interests were growing.

It was an upbeat and jubilant service celebrating Franklin, uplifting her family in their time of grief and celebrating her gospel legacy.

Aretha Franklin performs in concert at Radio City Music Hall on February 18, 2012, in NY.

ROBINSON: (Singing) Really going to miss you. A ballad of earth moving proportions.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, in response to President Donald Trump's statement two weeks earlier after Franklin's death that she had worked for him, said: "She performed for you".

After Grande's performance, Ellis, the officiant leading the service, brought the singer to the podium, where he cracked a joke about her name sounding like a Taco Bell menu item and awkwardly greeted her on stage. Among her top hits, "Think" is the only one that she composed. Not without weakness, but overcoming her weaknesses.

"I think it's incredibly significant - she is being honored nearly like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States", said Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech. May your gentle soul rest in peace Amen.

The multi-day celebration ending in Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday is over. It chronicles Aretha's life from when she was born and how the church on Hastings street, Detroit Michigan became the place where her career started. Franklin made her first recordings at age 14 in her father's church in Detroit, New Bethel Baptist. She lived with power, not without weaknesses but overcoming her weaknesses. A truly historic book with attractive drawings.

Family, friends, politicians, fans and dignitaries gathered in Detroit on Friday (Aug. 31) in honor of the one and only Queen of Soul. Granddaughter Victorie Franklin said when she was young, she didn't recognize the fame of a woman others consider music royalty. Some did; former President Clinton was given extra time. "You go up there and sock it to 'em", she urged Mathis, paraphrasing the "sock it to me" refrain from "Respect". For Franklin's family, the loss is much more intimate.

THE BAND OF THE WELSH GUARDS PERFORM R E S P E C T IN TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLINCrowds attending the Changing of the Guards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace this morning were treated to more than the usual respect by the troops from the British Army's Household Division. In this book, here recommended, King talks about growing up in Brooklyn, her three marriages and how she could not believe that her third marriage had been abused and her disbelief in remaining in the marriage for so long. King's book talks about how her industry gave her joy and fame and her unbelievable no. 1 album "Tapestry" which remained in the charts for 50 weeks eclipsing The Beatles.

Laura Zwicker, an attorney who specializes in estate planning but is not affiliated with the Franklin estate, says she sees it happen all too often in her work. First published earlier in the year, Aretha is quoted famously in this book "Being the queen is not all about singing and being a diva is not all about singing..."

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