Aretha Franklin performs in concert at Radio City Music Hall on February 18, 2012, in NY.
Bishop Charles H. Ellis began speaking almost two hours after the ceremony had been slated to begin. The missing voice was Aretha Franklin's.
All throughout the week, fans from around the country flooded Detroit to pay homage to the Grammy Award-winning megastar as Franklin lay in repose.
"She ain't work for you", Dyson shouted over applause. Sharpton took to the pulpit to laud Franklin for providing the soundtrack of the movement, with songs such as her signature 1967 hit "Respect".
"Remember your family, and friends that have been with you for years because you are about to meet a lot of people who will now want to be your new best friend".
"THE BAND OF THE WELSH GUARDS PERFORM "R - E - S - P - E - C - T" IN TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN" "Crowds attending the Changing of the Guards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace this morning were treated to more than the usual respect by the troops from the British Army's Household Division". Mayor Mike Duggan announced during the service Friday that the city would rename the riverfront amphitheater Chene Park to "Aretha Franklin Park". Today, she will be buried with all the pomp and splendor one would expect for a royal funeral.
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She grew up in a Detroit church led by her father, gospel music in her bones.
Expected to last several hours, the service encompassed many elements, emotions and grand entrances that were hallmarks of her more than six decades on sacred and secular stages. "She performed for you", Sharpton said of Franklin, who had sung at Trump-owned venues. "She said, 'Well look at me, I finally got thin again, '" he recalled her joking to him. She also reveled in the great jazz musicians of the past, Stevie Wonder and the great Louis Armstrong.
"You're going to be one of the future voices in the choir of angels", he added, before breaking into an a capella rendition of his ballad Really Gonna Miss You. "She said, 'You know how I am with my bank account!"
Actress Cicely Tyson reworked the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem "When Malindy Sings" to "When Aretha Sings".
Aretha Franklin's body has arrived at a Detroit church where her funeral is being held Friday.
Some did; former President Clinton was given extra time. The Rev. Jesse Jackson recalled Franklin raising money for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and urged attendees to honor her memory by registering to vote.