People gather after a morning service for singer Aretha Franklin at the New Bethel Baptist Church on August 15, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (AFP/JEFF KOWALSKY)
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The Detroit church that music legend Aretha Franklin's father once led held a prayer vigil Wednesday for the gravely ill 'Queen of Soul'.Dozens gathered at New Bethel Baptist Church for a 5:00 a.m. (0900 GMT) service dedicated to the 76-year-old who influenced generations as one of the reigning divas of American popular music for five decades.The singer's father CL Franklin was a preacher at New Bethel, where a young Aretha got her start singing gospel music.Franklin influenced generations of singers from pop diva Mariah Carey and the late Whitney Houston, to Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and the late Amy Winehouse.
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