Aretha Franklin funeral: Here's the plan for the celebration in Detroit

Aretha Franklin

"Her response was, 'Well you've been very good to me down the years'". I enjoyed her at the White House.

"She's brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come", he continued. The "Bed" artist's performance was so emotional that it led her to tears.

On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert recalled the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors where Aretha Franklin sang "Natural Woman" for honoree Carole King, who co-wrote the song.

"Miss Franklin's style is not easily defined - she has the ability to move into an intricate jazz tune and perform vocal gymnastics - and then slip into a simple ballad", a snippet from the newspaper said. Her body lied in repose at the museum, followed by her funeral at Greater Grace Temple. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female.

The Souls will play Franklin's famous songs like Chain Of Fools (1968) and I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) (1967) at their upcoming shows that includes a set at Hero's, a live music venue and sports bar on Aug 30, as well as at Beerfest. Wearing a glittery black blazer and long ponytail, Ariana showcased her powerful pipes while belting out Franklin's 1967 classic.

Former US president Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, and singers Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney were among those to pay tribute to Franklin. "I did not want her to check out without me having shared how grateful I was for her friendship, her love and her generosity", explained Gaddis.

Aretha passed away on Thursday (August 16) at her home in Detroit "due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type".


Franklin, 76, was surrounded by close friends and family in her last moments.

A memorial concert is also in the works.

Franklin's declining health was first disclosed on the Showbiz 411 website late Sunday by Roger Friedman, a reporter and family friend. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human.

"She would just text me out of the blue and say, 'I saw something you did on CNN, and I'm so proud of you".

Foster Siggers said Franklin was "magnificent on screen" but "really low-key" in her personal life.

"Do you think your songs were the anthem for the Civil Rights Movement?" he asked.

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