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Aretha Franklin funeral live stream Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin funeral live stream Queen of Soul is being laid to rest today
Melody Ballard | 03 September, 2018, 15:45

Musicians, family, friends and fans have said a final goodbye to Aretha Franklin at her funeral in Detroit.

Organizers of Aretha Franklin's funeral insist it will be a spirit-filled service, not a show. My father in the meantime dutifully provided the musical instruments and tools for us to play our records buying any new music player in the seventies from America, an eight track player and recorder which he brought home in 1974 after his studies.

Aretha Franklin's friend Ron Moten, a MI businessman, gave the four sons some guidance in his speech at Friday's funeral.

Fans have been lined up for hours outside the Greater Grace Temple awaiting the chance to attend the service, which will feature performances by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson and speeches by former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson.

"You're so special", he said, before crooning a few lines from his song "Really Gonna Miss You", with the line "really gonna be different without you".

Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing.

"She lived with courage". She looked "desperately ill" but managed to greet him by standing and saying, "How you doing, baby?"

"It's the key to freedom!"

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Shirley Caesar , the famous gospel singer and another friend of Franklin's, agreed. "That's the best way that I can put it". While walking into the funeral, Knight told local station WDIV that she "had the same disease" as Franklin.

"We started out not as a president, a first lady, a senator, a secretary of State", Clinton said at a funeral service in Detroit for the performer known as the "Queen of Soul". Music mogul Clive Davis, who helped revive Franklin's career in the 1980s, described her as a loving friend and a dedicated and unpredictable artist, whose passions ranged from soul to ballet.

"God bless you, Aretha".

"In Aretha", Barber said, "the holiness of the sacred and the secular came together, in a way that could be only ordered by the Lord".

"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", read his message. The many stories Ritz told in this book include her very painful past which influenced her haunting voice and information about her life becoming a Mum at 12 years of age and then twice a mum at 15.

The singer, who is scheduled to perform at the ceremony, and the "Saturday Night Live" cast member entered Detroit's Greater Grace Temple smiling on Friday and posed for photos.

"It's better than Inauguration Day!" said Theresa Cranford, 62, a retired auto worker, in reference to Barack Obama's investiture.

Franklin maintained ownership of the songs she wrote and did well by them, Wilson says, though of her major hits, "Think" is the only one that's her own composition.

They're here to celebrate Aretha: a woman who put Detroit on the map, a woman who set the bar for African Americans, a woman who demanded respect and won it the world over, whose music was a call to arms for women and civil rights.

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