A singer, a songwriter, a pianist, and the singular Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin died at home in Detroit on Thursday of pancreatic cancer. She was 76. One of the great treasures of American music, she sold 75 million records, won 18 Grammys, and, with her epic voice, made at least one sitting U.S. president cry. "Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll — the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope,” Barack Obama wrote to the New Yorker about why he teared up during Franklin’s 2015 Kennedy Center Honors performance. “American history wells up when Aretha sings." Here, some classic photos from an iconic life. (Above: Franklin in a New York recording studio in 1968.)Anthony Barboza/Getty Images Ron Howard/Redferns Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Michael Ochs Archives Ron Galella/WireImage Walter Iooss Jr/Getty Images NBC/NBC via Getty Images Express Newspapers/Getty Images Michael Ochs Archives Michael Ochs Archives The Estate of David Gahr/Getty Images Tim Boxer/Getty Images Time & Life Pictures/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Norman Parkinson/Iconic Images/Sygma via Getty Images Waring Abbott/Getty Images Paul Natkin/Getty Images Mark Reinstein/Getty Images STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images Brooks Kraft/Corbis via Getty Images NBC NewsWire/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images Taylor Hill/Getty Images Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images Matt Doyle/Contour by Getty Images Theo Wargo/Getty Images
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