Aretha Franklin Has Passed Away At 76

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Sad news, the publicist for Aretha Franklin says the Queen of Soul died Thursday at her home in Detroit.

She was born the daughter of pastor and civil rights activist C. L. Franklin, in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942. After growing up singing gospel music, she achieved stardom in the late 1960s with hits like “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Think.” She sold more than 75 million records throughout her career and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2010, Rolling Stone hailed Aretha Franklin as the greatest singer of all time.

She leaves behind an incredible legacy of music, but let's not forget her great performance in the "Blues Brothers" movie.

RIP Aretha...

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