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My mum loved to dance not so much my Dad.

CORLEY: One of the most poignant moments came from singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson. "She was about transforming the existence of black America". My mother's musical interest was eclectic.

As the church swelled with attendees - a who's who of big names in music, sports and politics were present to pay their respects: The Clark Sisters, Ariana Grande, former basketball star Isiah Thomas and former President Bill Clinton. By now my own musical influences and interests were growing.

Singing a Franklin classic in front of the late icon's family and friends was no doubt a daunting task, but Grande handled it with grace, keeping her usual verbal gymnastics in check to deliver a lovely, faithful rendition. Some of the performers, including Stevie Wonder, counted Aretha Franklin as a friend and colleague for many decades. A ballad of earth moving proportions. I'm not sure. Maybe she meant she feels her pain. Her voice, sweeter than honey, became the soundtrack of a tumultuous time in American history when African Americans, women and other marginalized communities were fighting for equality and justice.

They are a nod to her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", an anthem to her Motor City hometown. Not without weakness, but overcoming her weaknesses.

"And when I would go to her shows and watch her sing, it would be the best feeling in the world", Victorie said. May your gentle soul rest in peace Amen.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced at the ceremony that Franklin will be honored with the renaming of riverfront concert venue Chene Park to Aretha Franklin Park. She was remembered as the pride of Detroit and a citizen of the world. Clarence Franklin, the eldest, has special needs and is represented by a legal guardian. A truly historic book with attractive drawings.

The program cover showed a young Franklin, with a slight smile and sunglasses perched on her nose, and the caption "A Celebration Fit For The Queen". She sang for presidents, to former ones. Aretha was a very private woman who did not discuss her family.

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"I hope God will forgive me but I was so glad when I got here, and I hope you will forgive me, when the casket was still open because I said I wonder what my friend's got on today", he said to laughter.

The Band of the Welsh Guards paid tribute to Aretha with her iconic song R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Pink Cadillacs - some having been driven across the country - parked en masse outside the church, expected to follow her cortege to the cemetery where she is to be buried alongside her father and siblings. Since Franklin's death, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and have been guided by a single question: "What would Aretha want?"

"Aretha was on the battleground for 60 years", Jackson told the audience. "The author, just as many others have written about her talks about how private she kept her life".

TASHA COBBS LEONARD: (Singing) How I got over. She gave us a regal bar to reach.

Respect: The Life and Times of Aretha Franklin. "Her singing was revelation and was revolution".

She won 18 Grammy awards and was feted for her civil rights work, raising money for the cause and inspiring activists with her anthems.

"Really gonna miss you, really gonna be different without you", he sang.

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