by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/31/18, 03:50 pm
An all-star slate of dignitaries and performers memorialized Aretha Franklin Friday at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Early in the service, Faith Hill sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and Ariana Grande sang the Franklin hit “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Former President Bill Clinton spoke and played Franklin’s song “Think” into the microphone from his iPhone. Friday afternoon’s scheduled speakers and performers included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Tyler Perry, Cicely Tyson, Smokey Robinson, and Jennifer Hudson.
Music | Obituaries rarely discussed Aretha Franklin’s two fervent Christian albums
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 8/31/18, 11:54 am
In the days following her death on Aug. 16 from pancreatic cancer, Aretha Franklin was alternately eulogized as the “Queen of Soul” and upbraided as a self-absorbed diva. (Her funeral occurs today in Detroit.)
The praise vastly outweighed the excoriation and focused on her indomitable voice, her string of iconic late-’60s hits, and her longevity. (Her final album of original material, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, came out in 2014, 58 years after the recording of her first, Songs of Faith.)