Aug 31, 2018
By Jane Brown
Aretha Franklin’s invitation-only funeral Friday in Detroit will close out a week of tributes and visitations for the Queen of Soul.
Canada’s own and Zoomer Magazine photographer Bryan Adams is remembering Aretha, with a special memory.
“Aretha Franklin recorded one of my songs called Never Gonna Break My Faith, which was for the film Bobby, and I met with Aretha after she’d done it. It was one of those moments as a songwriter that you just think, hmm wow, I mean nobody can sing like her, nobody. Many have tried and some have close, but nobody will be Aretha Franklin,” Adams explained.
Speakers at Friday’s five hour service will include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the Reverend Jesse Jackson and Smokey Robinson. Singers include Steve Wonder, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Chaka Khan.
Aretha Franklin had on yet another outfit for a public viewing Thursday at the church where her father once preached. Franklin wore a sparkling rose gold gown and gold sequin Christian Louboutin heels for the viewing at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. She wore a red dress on Tuesday and a blue one on Wednesday for public viewings at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Mourners lined up for more than half a kilometres to get into New Bethel.