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Aretha Franklin sings circa 1970

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Aretha Franklin sings June 7, 2015 during a memorial service for her father and brother, Rev. C.L. and Rev. Cecil Franklin, at New Bethel Baptist Church where they were ministers, in Detroit.

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Aretha Franklin waves as she receives an honorary Doctor of Arts degree May 29, 2014 during Harvard commencement ceremonies in Cambridge, Mass.

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President Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, to singer Aretha Franklin.

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Aretha Franklin sings as President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama look on during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, Oct. 16, 2011.

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Aretha Franklin performs at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on Aug. 26, 1968.

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Soul singers James Brown and Aretha Franklin sing at the Taboo night club in Detroit Jan. 11, 1987.

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Aretha Franklin joins George Michael during his Faith World Tour in Auburn Hills, Mich. Aug. 30, 1988.

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Aretha Franklin and her new husband, Glen Turman, arrive at a Los Angeles hotel for their wedding reception April 17, 1978. Kecalf 8, Aretha's son looks on.

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Singer Aretha Franklin poses with her Grammy Award for for best female R&B vocal performance for "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" at the 17th Annual Grammy Award March 3, 1975.

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Aretha Franklin performs during the 47th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles April 8, 1975.

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Aretha Franklin appears at a news conference March 26, 1973.

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Fans line up for a concert by Aretha Franklin at the Apollo Theater in New York on June 3, 1971.

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Singer Aretha Franklin, cover art for "Love All the Hurt Away", released August 1981.

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