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Aretha Franklin Memorial Concert to Feature Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Ron Isley, More: Report

Following Aretha Franklin’s open-casket viewing and prior to her funeral in Detroit, the city’s Chene Park will host a memorial concert for the soul legend, as the Detroit Free Press reports. Franklin was born in Detroit and died there last week surrounded by her family. Sources told DFP that Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill, Ronald Isley and Karen Clark-Sheard were among the planned performances at the free outdoor concert, but TMZ has obtained a reported list of 23 scheduled musical performers:

The Four Tops

Gladys Knight

Johnny Gill

Ron Isley

Kiki Sheard

Kurt Carr

Jean Carne

Doug Carn

Ronnie McNeir

L.J. Reynolds

Tasha Page-Lockhart

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dr. Bobby Jones

Jenifer Lewis

George Faison

Angie Stone

Raheem DeVaughn

Gracie Franklin

Eddie Franklin

Victorie Franklin

Santita Jackson

Ralphe Armstrong Band

Kern Brantley Band

TMZ also reports that Louis Farrakhan will be attending the event. Prior to Franklin’s death, legendary music executive Clive Davis was planning a tribute concert for the singer, songwriter, and pianist was announced for November, which is slated to be held at New York’s Madison Square Garden in November.

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