Ariana Grande to perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral

31 August, 2018, 18:31 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • Fans mourn Aretha Franklin at gospel-infused public viewing

On the inside of the lid embroidered into the fabric is "Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul".

On Thursday, a public viewing will take place at Aretha Franklin's hometown church of New Bethel Baptist Church on Linwood, where her father was a former pastor.

Mourners streamed in for a second day Wednesday to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a different outfit for her final public viewing, as if making a costume change during a show.

A marathon funeral with an all-star list of speakers and performers is scheduled for Friday.

Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

In her six decades as a music superstar, Franklin's public persona defined the term dive-her fur coats and entourages as recognizable as her voice.

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The funeral will open with a viewing featuring recorded songs by Franklin. I was able to visit with her a few times there at the apartment and to hold her hand and to YouTube my dad singing Joy Bells.

The gospel, soul and R&B star influenced generations of female singers from the late Whitney Houston to Beyonce with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968). The retired counsellor, who grew up in the same neighbourhood as Franklin and crossed paths with her in the pre-fame years, said she always appreciated that the singer remained rooted.

"I think it's going to be a very upbeat service". "She was one of those people where no matter what you said, no matter what glowing, positive thing you said about her, it would be an understatement".

As the crowd of about 50,000 cheered, Taylor called on her fans to join her in a moment of silence "so that every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her and everything she did in her life". She said they slept in the auto and then got in line around 4 a.m.

Ann Fortson, 63, said: "She was a symbol for us".

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