Her career, Clinton noted, spanned from vinyl records to cellphones.
Music was in abundance, of course. Beautiful, ethereal, heavenly, she brought the house down every time she picked it up, singing it as recent as at Elton John's charity concert even though one could see that she had lost so much weight and was already ailing.
Barbara Sampson read a statement from former President George W. Bush, saying that Franklin would continue to inspire future generations. The author also added that although she had her first major label recording when President Dwight Eisenhower was in the white house, she only got to perform at the inauguration of Barrack Obama. Hill, a longtime fan and friend of the legendary singer, paid tribute with a moving performance of the gospel classic "What A Friend We Have in Jesus". Jennifer Holliday ended the funeral with "Climbing Higher Mountains", an uptempo gospel original by Franklin herself.
"Accompanied by her fiance Pete Davidson, Grande traveled to Detroit to attend the ceremony and perform one of Franklin's signature hits, "(You Make Me Feel Like) "A Natural Woman," which she previously sang on the "Tonight Show" on August 16 shortly after Franklin's death. "She performed for you", Sharpton said of Franklin, who had sung at Trump-owned venues. King's book talks about how her industry gave her joy and fame and her fantastic no. 1 album "Tapestry" which remained in the charts for 50 weeks eclipsing The Beatles.
Kenneth Abdo, an attorney who specializes in probate law and has worked on the estate of Prince, who also died without a will, says the IRS will conduct an audit of her holdings. Over decades, she increased her musical reach to wider forms of expression but stayed true to her beginnings.
Gladys Knight segued from "You'll Never Walk Alone" to "Bridge Over Troubled Water". "She represented the best in our community", Sharpton said.
"She was about getting Angela Davis out of jail", Dyson noted.
Final farewell to Aretha Franklin
Outside, dozens of pink Cadillac owners worked together to pay their respects, lining the road ahead of Franklin's funeral . The star gave her final performance last November at a gala in NY held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.
She's known for championing for the rights of black Americans together with Martin Luther King, and that saw them fight for the civil rights of many minorities - mostly blacks. Her friend Greg Mathis, the award-winning reality show host and retired MI judge, recalled his last conversation with her.
"I'm so proud of you, I know you'll be watching me from the windows of heaven and I promise to carry our family legacy with pride", said Franklin's very emotional grandson Jordan, tearing up.
Her body arrived in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse. The gold dress is the fourth outfit Franklin has worn during a week of events leading up to her funeral.
Flowers adorn the casket of Aretha Franklin as it is laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.
Over a hundred pink Cadillacs will line the route to Aretha Franklin's funeral and stand honor guard along Seven Mile outside of the church. "I send my love to the entire Franklin family and my gratitude to them for sharing such an extraordinary person with us".
"I'm sad today, because I'm losing my friend".
"Her last words to me. were "'Go back up there and sock it to 'em!,'" Mathis told the crowd before vowing that he would in her memory. "You showed the world God's love, and there's nothing more honorable".