Bill Clinton Finds Unique Way to Remember Aretha at Funeral

He uses his phone to play one of her songs into the mic
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2018 2:01 PM CDT
Bill Clinton Finds Unique Way to Remember Aretha at Funeral
Former President Bill Clinton smiles as he plays a recording of Aretha Franklin on his phone during the funeral.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Aretha Franklin was receiving a sendoff fitting for a woman known as the Queen of Soul on Friday. Scores of big names from the world of entertainment and politics joined family and friends at her funeral at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Ariana Grande sang "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and Faith Hill and the Clark Sisters also performed. Among those to speak were Smokey Robinson, former Attorney General Eric Holder, and Bill Clinton, a self-described "Aretha groupie." Clinton ended his own tribute in fitting fashion, putting his phone to the mic and playing an Aretha song, "Think," reports the AP. "It's the key to freedom!" Clinton said. More highlights at USA Today, and scroll below for more photos. (Franklin died earlier this month at 76.)

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