Aretha Franklin funeral set for August 31 in Detroit

Carla Harmon
August 18, 2018

After the performance, Grande told Fallon that she had met Franklin a few times.

The Isn't She Lovely singer always cited Franklin as an inspiration, having grown up in Detroit himself, and Aretha covered Stevie's song Until You Come Back To Me - which Wonder says she made her own. And a new report claims he was begging the Queen of Soul. Some, like Shirley Brown, Loleatta Holloway, Thelma Houston and Al Green, enjoyed popular success.

Following Aretha Franklin's death, the tributes have been pouring in.

The 76-year-old music legend, who died on Thursday, influenced generations of singers with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).

Niall Crowley is a writer based in London. The most notable incident occurring in 2014, when Franklin appeared to snub LaBelle at the Women of Soul concert at the White House in 2014 by refusing to shake her hand when she offered it.

"She performed at our gala for our 20th anniversary and it was a phenomenal, phenomenal performance".

Hamilton, who has often said that he could embark on a career in music after his life in motorsport, paid a touching homage to Franklin on his Instagram account.

Her family thanked friends and fans for their support as Franklin received hospice care.

Mr Obama and his wife Michelle said in a statement that Franklin, who performed at his first inauguration in 2009, "helped define the American experience" through her "compositions and unmatched musicianship".

The CNN anchor remembered the Queen of Soul as an influencer, icon and friend, tearfully explaining how her "incredible voice" was actually the "soundtrack" to his life.

And, by the way, though her Swift comment stole the entire show, we also have to give honorable mention to what the queen said about Nicki Minaj: "Hmmm, I'm going to pass on that one".

"She goes, 'Hi, it's Aretha, '" Grande recalled.

"Every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine", the Obamas said. "I just know she had on a green coat".

In the case of Franklin, Trump was claiming "some type of bond" with the singer, Ritz said.

Sources said that Franklin had "finally listened to her boys". The museum was also the site of the public viewing for civil-rights activist Rosa Parks, who died in 2005.

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