Bill Clinton Eulogizes Aretha Franklin, and Compliments Her Many Lewks

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"Even though you knew over the last couple of months that she was sick and you knew this day was coming and you thought you would be prepared for it - but now that it's here it really is overwhelming", he said. "So I figured out, I think, that the secret to her greatness was she took this massive talent and this flawless culture that raised her and chose to be the composer of her own life's song".

"I've got to apologize because I have to brush up". "It was more like us supporting each other", she recalled.

Bush's statement, read by Franklin friend Barbara Sampson, called Franklin "a woman of achievement with a deep character and a loving heart" who made "lasting contributions to American music with her gospel-inspired style and distinctive voice".

The Band of the Welsh Guards, dressed in bright scarlet tunics and tall bearskin hats, belted out an upbeat, brassy rendition of Franklin's 1967 hit in the courtyard of the palace, before the usual August throng of tourists.

Jackson said if anyone who leaves the funeral and isn't registered to vote "dishonors Aretha". "Not without failure, but overcoming her failures". "And what a song it turned out to be". Her former husband Glynn Turman, who was at her bedside when she died, said that she was "a strong woman to the very end". "She worked for us".

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Aretha Franklin is being remembered Friday at a funeral service in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. "The great [singer] Sammy Davis Jr. introduced her to the Queen Mother in a way that was spectacular, and I never forgot it".

Friday's service will touch on Franklin's significance to her friends, family and fans, organizers told CNN.

The service, a celebration of the life and legacy of one of the USA music icon, is expected to last six hours at the Greater Grace Temple in her MI hometown.

"I love you Grandma and I'm going to make you proud". He ended by playing her song "Think" on his phone.

On Thursday, more than 40 artists performed for thousands at a free concert, billed "A People's Tribute to the Queen", powering through some of her greatest hits, culminating with "Respect". "It's the key to freedom", he said.

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