Remembering The Queen Of Soul: Aretha Franklin's Life Through The Years

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Joi-Marie McKenzie Aug, 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin, the iconic singer who earned the name The Queen of Soul, passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

The preacher’s daughter left an indelible mark on music, starting in the 1960’s. Since then, she’s created a decades’ worth of hits in her catalog, including “Respect,” “Rock Steady,” “Chain of Fools,” “Day Dreaming” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

Take a look at Franklin’s life in pictures.

 

 

 

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Franklin dazzled during a performance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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The soul singer posed for a portrait in Los Angeles, showing off her bob.

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The "Respect" singer is totally relishing in 70s vibes with her TWA paired with a purple bell-bottom sleeved look.

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Franklin sang inside New York City's Madison Square Garden for a benefit concert honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

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Franklin was looked red hot on The Andy Williams Show.

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Franklin smiles as she cradles one of her 18 Grammy Awards at the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City.

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This undated portrait of Franklin shows off her beautiful brown eyes.

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Another undated photo of Franklin shows that she knows how to pose.

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This undated photo of Franklin proves she's a "natural woman."

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Franklin dazzled onstage.

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Franklin holds one of her 18 Grammys that she'd accumulate during her career that spanned decades.

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Franklin looks heavenly in this photo from the mid-1960s.

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Franklin shows her style versatility in this portrait.

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Franklin clutches the Grammy that she won for best female R&B performance for the song "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

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Franklin sports a peachy lip in this portrait from the 1960s.

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Franklin showed off her modelesque figure in this portrait.

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This photo of Franklin turned into the cover art for her record, "Let Me In You Life."

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In this boat-neck top, Franklin shined.

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Franklin truly looked like a queen in this feathered top.

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Franklin bared her shoulders in this black-and-white portrait.

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In this stunning photo of Franklin, she shows off a beaded top.

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Franklin dances for the camera in this undated photo.