Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul,' dies at age 76

Singer’s call for ‘Respect’ drew praise

Posted: August 17, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Aretha Franklin sings at a June 2015 memorial service for her father and brother, who both died in the 1980s, at the Detroit church where they served as ministers and where Franklin learned to sing the gospel style that led to her career and made her an institution in soul music.

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," "I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Aretha Franklin sings at the Apollo Theater in New York in June of 1971. “She worked hard at controlling and modulating her phrasing, giving her a dis...

Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Bill Clinton on Jan. 19, 1993.

Then President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, listen as Aretha Franklin sings at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washi...

Then President George W. Bush awards Aretha Franklin the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House in November 2005.

Aretha Franklin joins James Brown in a duet in January 1987 for a Home Box Office show taped at the Taboo nightclub in Detroit, her adopted hometown.

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