Aretha Franklin sings as Detroit street renamed for her dad, Rev. C.L.

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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