Bill Clinton eulogizes Franklin: Hillary and I were 'Aretha groupies'

Aretha Franklin funeral live stream Star on stage

Aretha Franklin funeral live stream The singer died earlier this month

This is all about Aretha Franklin.

The Army tweeted that it wanted to pay tribute to a "musical icon and inspiration".

Retired Judge Greg Mathis speaks during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit.

Former president Bill Clinton joked that he and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were "Aretha groupies".

He noted Franklin's commitment to her beliefs, even after great commercial success, suggesting the riches and fame that followed hits like "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" could have pulled her away. They talked for hours at a time. "I was like, 'How are you a real person?' It's an honor to have met her, and we're gonna celebrate her".

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Some of the performers, including Stevie Wonder, counted Aretha Franklin as a friend and colleague for many decades.

"This woman got us all in these seats here today not because she had this breathtaking talent, which she did... but because she lived with courage - not without fear, but overcoming her fears".

The star gave her final performance last November at a gala in NY held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation. She looked "desperately ill" but managed to greet him by standing and saying, "How you doing, baby?"

"She was born a princess, her family made her so, but it was through her talent, determination and care for others that she became a queen", said former US Attorney General Eric Holder, who was among dozens to deliver speeches. He held the microphone near his iPhone and played a snippet of Franklin's classic "Think", the audience clapping along.

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"It's the key to freedom!" "She worked for us". Franklin's burial site is at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit alongside her Baptist minister father C.L. Franklin.

According to Detroit News, Gladys told WDIV she, like Aretha, suffers from cancer. "And you're going to be a featured voice in the choir of angels", he said.

"It's better than Inauguration Day!" said Theresa Cranford, 62, a retired auto worker, in reference to Barack Obama's investiture. At that event, Clinton said, Franklin - who was clearly ailing - ended up singing for a full 45 minutes, leaving an "enduring memory".

As Aretha Franklin was remembered at her funeral Friday as a proud black woman who also used her magnificent voice to stand up for the black community she loved, several speakers used the moment to continue to demand respect for black America.

She grew up in a Detroit church led by her father, gospel music in her bones.

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"Were it not for God's goodness and greatness we never would have known the Queen of Soul".

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