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Stevie Wonder Closed Aretha Franklin’s Funeral With an Amazing Performance
Living legend Stevie Wonder gave a stirring tribute to Aretha Franklin, performing “The Lord’s Prayer” on harmonica as well as his classic love song “As” at her Detroit funeral.
Delivering a eulogy after his performance of the “Lord’s Prayer,” Wonder said that love was at the root of Franklin’s musical legacy. “We need to make love great again,” he said, invoking President Trump’s campaign slogan. “Because black lives do matter, because all lives do matter, and if we love God then we know truly it is our love that will make things better.”
Even months before her death, Franklin and Wonder were planning a musical collaboration. The legends had worked together before, with Franklin turning Wonder’s “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” into a hit in 1973.
Wonder choked back tears when describing his deathbed visit with Franklin in an interview. “Every singer was influenced in some way by the way she sang,” he said. “And they will be forever be influenced by her because her voice, her emotion, her sincerity, is unforgettable.”