Aretha Franklin given the ultimate send-off by pals, celebs

Aretha Franklin given the ultimate send-off by pals, celebs

Aretha Franklin given the ultimate send-off by pals, celebs

Bishop Charles H. Ellis began speaking almost two hours after the ceremony had been slated to begin. Some of the performers, including Stevie Wonder, counted Aretha Franklin as a friend and colleague for many decades. And there were gospel inflections in everything she sang, as one of the speakers, the Rev. Dr. William Barber, pointed the funeral.

Organizers told CNN the service was to touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans. Watching Aretha perform it and drive Obama to tears in a you tube video and watching King in the stands completely lose it as the song she sang is delivered with such greatness by Aretha King is what mesmerizing videos are made of.

Jackson praised Franklin for being a civil-rights leader and used her legacy as a way to encourage people to get out and vote. "I don't know I guess I put my arm around her", Ellis said.

"THE BAND OF THE WELSH GUARDS PERFORM "R - E - S - P - E - C - T" IN TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN" "Crowds 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".

Her first hit "Respect" topped the Hot 100 for several years and was followed by other singles. She sang "I Dreamed a Dream" at his 1993 inauguration and was back for another performance at his second inauguration in 1997, and Clinton awarded her a National Medal of Arts and Humanities in 1999. The death of Aretha Franklin touched me in a very special way for she was always famously crooning in our living room when I was growing up or from my mother's set in her room.

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Several celebrities are expected to pay their respects to the legendary singer by performing musical tributes . Ellis said: 'It is my goal and my aim to ensure that people leave here with some kind of spiritual awakening.

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"I'd like to clarify that Aretha and I discussed both of us having cancer, mine was stage 1 breast cancer and hers was pancreatic", she said in a statement. She also reveled in the great jazz musicians of the past, Stevie Wonder and the great Louis Armstrong. Barack Obama and George W. Bush sent letters that were read aloud to the congregation.

One wrote: "I'm sorry you had to do through something uncomfortable like that!" I really didn't. And, you know, people could see it.

"I just loved her", Clinton continued.

ARETHA FRANKLIN ORCHESTRA: (Singing) Walk in the light.

Her final send-off involved 100 pink Cadillacs, a gold-plated coffin, three presidential tributes and eulogies by more than a dozen preachers.

CORLEY: There was a who's who with big names in music, sports and politics - The Clark Sisters, Ariana Grande, former basketball star Isiah Thomas and former President Bill Clinton. "And the world is mourning you and the world is going to miss you".

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