Line forms again overnight for second day of Aretha Franklin viewing

Sheila Mcguire
August 31, 2018

On Friday, former president Bill Clinton and Smokey Robinson are among those due to address her six-hour, invitation-only funeral with musical tributes coming from Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande. But this week that situation was remedied when the 2007 recording of Franklin's rousing, political anthem "Stand Up For Yourself" was released online by the American Association of Retired People.

Aretha Franklin fans line up outside the Wright Museum in Detroit on Wednesday to pay their respects to the Queen of Soul.

Franklin's funeral, which will be streamed online and on television, will take place on Friday at Greater Grace Temple.

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In the evening a free concert honoring Franklin's life is to kick off at 6pm at the Chene Park Amphitheatre, an outdoor riverfront arena in downtown Detroit that has 5,000 seats and 1,000 lawn spaces. She downplayed the singer's multiple outfits, calling them "just natural changes in wardrobe that a queen would make".

Swift first spoke about what Franklin meant to music and the world, saying, "She did so much for music, she did so much for women's rights, she did so much for civil rights".

"She was just so down to earth".

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Asked her thoughts about other performers, she had kind words for Adele's talent, but of Swift she said, "OK, great gowns, attractive gowns". "Seeing her, I would say she was saying, 'I've done my duty".

Fans began to line up in the middle of the night on Wednesday, too.

"She's probably one of the strongest people that I've ever known and didn't know that she was that strong, but I think it was that spiritual part that kept her going", Ellis said. "I was able to sing with Aretha at one time". "In 2007, AARP worked with Ms. Franklin on an original song, "Stand Up for Yourself, ' which was the anthem for what, years later, became the Affordable Care Act".

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The pop star then called for the lights to be cut and a moment of silence before adding, "We love you Aretha".

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