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Over 100 Pink Cadillacs Turn Out for Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 8/31/2018 Andrew Wendler
Over 100 Pink Cadillacs Turn Out for Aretha Franklin's Funeral: Over 100 Pink Cadillacs turned out for Aretha Franklin's Funeral in Detroit.© Provided by Car and Driver Over 100 Pink Cadillacs turned out for Aretha Franklin's Funeral in Detroit.

Of all the motor vehicles that have been lionized in popular music, none have carried more lyrical and atmospheric impact than the Cadillac. Whether for the way its triple-syllable name rolls off the tongue and can be twisted like phonetic putty or for its stature as the pinnacle of Motor City sheet metal, it’s been the go to muse for countless artists.

But unlike Chuck, Johnny, Bruce, and countless others who appropriated the Caddy, Aretha Franklin is a Detroit native, and when she called out a Pink Cadillac in her 1985 hit “Freeway of Love,” it intrinsically linked her for eternity with the make and hue. So when the call went out earlier for a procession of pink Cadillacs to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul at here Detroit funeral, the faithful responded en masse.

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Coming from as far away as Houston, participants lined Detroit’s Seven Mile road with all manner of pink Cadillacs including Escalades and at least one XLR. Many were bearing the Mary Kay logos in the rear windows. The procession, led by Crisette Ellis, the first lady of the Greater Grace Temple and Mary Kay national sales supervisor, preceded the service.

Definitely a fitting tribute to the Queen of Soul.

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