Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill among all-star lineup for Franklin funeral

Chaka Khan is among the line-up

Chaka Khan is among the line-up

The 76-year-old passed away last Thursday after battling pancreatic cancer for eight years.

Former U.S president Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers at Aretha Franklin's funeral next week.

As previously reported, Stevie Wonder, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson and Fantasiawill perform at the service.

Aretha Franklin sang at the Clinton inauguration as well as inaugurations for President Obama and President Carter.

On Aug. 30, Franklin, who was herself a civil rights figure and close friend of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will lie in repose at New Bethel Baptist where her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin was pastor for decades.

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Note: While there could be some crossover, the performers named for the funeral service are distinct from the lineup that will play the just-announced Chene Park tribute show on August 30.

The service will reflect Franklin's strong gospel roots.

TMZ reports that performances can be acoustic, track or with the Aretha Franklin combined band, and it has also been revealed that Dr. Louis Farrakhan will be in attendance as a guest. The Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. will deliver the eulogy. Robinson and Franklin grew up together in Detroit. Public viewings will be held August 28 and 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

Some of the biggest stars in showbusiness will be performing at Aretha Franklin's funeral next week. The Aretha Franklin Orchestra and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir are also on the program, as are singers Audrey DuBois Harris and Alice McAllister Tillman.

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