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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Her career spanned over 60 years, a feat very few singers have been able to achieve. She got her start singing gospel music in Detroit where her father was a pastor and signed to her first major record label in 1960; by 1968 she had established herself as a soulful powerhouse with hits like ‘Respect’ and ‘Chain of Fools’.

Her six decade long career is littered with incredible achievements , like being the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame – a year before The Beatles and being described as “the voice of the civil rights movement, the voice of black America” and a “symbol of black equality”

Franklin had 40 Grammy nominations and 18 wins. She performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

She passed away surrounded by friends and family at her home in Detroit. She leaves behind an incredible legacy.