Singing in a Baptist church Friday afternoon, Aretha Franklin brought a crowd of hundreds to its feet at a dedication ceremony to rename a street outside after her father, the late Rev. C.L. Franklin.
After performing on stage at New Bethel Baptist Church, she strode up the aisle, continuing to wail as a couple of worshippers shook a tambourine.
“I love Aretha from my heart,” gushed Kim Harton, 64, of Detroit, after the ceremony. “God made her the Queen of America. She’s beautiful.”
“Her father was a King, her mother was a Queen. And now, she’s the Queen.”
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