In pictures: The life of 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

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Soul singer Aretha Franklin has died aged 76.

The long-reigning ‘Queen of Soul’, who sang with matchless style on such classics as Think and her signature song, Respect, died at her home in Detroit.

The much-loved soul giant had a career lasting decades, recorded more than 100 singles, and was widely recognised as one of the greatest singers of all time.

Franklin was the first female to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is the most charted artist in the history of the Hot 100.

Yahoo UK looks back on the life of a true music icon whose legacy will last for generations.

<p>Aretha Franklin’s life in pictures: Click for gallery </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin’s life in pictures: Click for gallery

<p>The Queen of Soul doing what she does best, in 1967. (Rex) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

The Queen of Soul doing what she does best, in 1967. (Rex)

<p>Aretha Franklin after joining the Atlantic record label in 1968. (Getty) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin after joining the Atlantic record label in 1968. (Getty)

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<p>Aretha Franklin holds her Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blue performance of the song “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” in 1972. (PA) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin holds her Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blue performance of the song “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” in 1972. (PA)

<p>Franklin appears at a news conference in 1973. (PA) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Franklin appears at a news conference in 1973. (PA)

<p>Franklin in 1968 with her then husband and manager Ted White. (Rex) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Franklin in 1968 with her then husband and manager Ted White. (Rex)

<p>All-time icon: The soul singer in 1967. (Rex) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

All-time icon: The soul singer in 1967. (Rex)

<p>Aretha Franklin opens at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1969. (Reuters) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin opens at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1969. (Reuters)

<p>Franklin poses with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd on the set of The Blues Brothers, in 1980. She appeared in the film during a musical sequence of her hit song ‘Think.’ (Rex) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Franklin poses with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd on the set of The Blues Brothers, in 1980. She appeared in the film during a musical sequence of her hit song ‘Think.’ (Rex)

<p>Franklin performs with George Benson at the Greek Theatre, in Hollywood, California, September, 1981. (Rex) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Franklin performs with George Benson at the Greek Theatre, in Hollywood, California, September, 1981. (Rex)

<p>The singer poses for a portrait in January 1973. (Getty) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

The singer poses for a portrait in January 1973. (Getty)

<p>Aretha Franklin rehearsing for Inaugural Eve program for newly elected US President Jimmy Carter in 1977. (Getty) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin rehearsing for Inaugural Eve program for newly elected US President Jimmy Carter in 1977. (Getty)

<p>The singer shows off her dress to photographers as she attends the 1999 White House Correspondents Association Dinner. (Rex) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

The singer shows off her dress to photographers as she attends the 1999 White House Correspondents Association Dinner. (Rex)

<p>Aretha Franklin receiving an award from President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary in 2000. (Rex) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin receiving an award from President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary in 2000. (Rex)

<p>President George W. Bush adorns Franklin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, November 9, 2005. (Photo by Douglas A. Sonders/Getty Images) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

President George W. Bush adorns Franklin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, November 9, 2005. (Photo by Douglas A. Sonders/Getty Images)

<p>The soul superstar sings the American national anthem in 2006 before the Super Bowl. (AFP) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

The soul superstar sings the American national anthem in 2006 before the Super Bowl. (AFP)

<p>Franklin attended and performed at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008.<br>Credits: REX/Shutterstock </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Franklin attended and performed at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008.
Credits: REX/Shutterstock

<p>Franklin performed at the Inauguration Ceremony of United States President, Barack Obama, US Capitol, Washington DC 20 January, 2009.<br>Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (839708c) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Franklin performed at the Inauguration Ceremony of United States President, Barack Obama, US Capitol, Washington DC 20 January, 2009.
Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (839708c)

<p>Aretha Franklin sings before President Barack Obama speaks during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington in 2011. (PA) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin sings before President Barack Obama speaks during the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington in 2011. (PA)

<p>Franklin smiles after the Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat NBA basketball game in 2011. (PA) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Franklin smiles after the Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat NBA basketball game in 2011. (PA)

<p>Aretha Franklin at a charity event in New York in 2011. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin at a charity event in New York in 2011. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)

<p>FILE PHOTO – Singer Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York in this February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

FILE PHOTO – Singer Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York in this February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

<p>Detroit native Franklin sings the National Anthem before the NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day, 2016. (Getty) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Detroit native Franklin sings the National Anthem before the NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day, 2016. (Getty)

<p>Franklin performs in concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in February, 2012. </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Franklin performs in concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in February, 2012.

<p>Aretha Franklin poses for the cameras in October 2014. (Rex) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin poses for the cameras in October 2014. (Rex)

<p>Franklin at the Billboard Women in Music at Cipriani Wall Street, in New York, in 2014. (Rex) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Franklin at the Billboard Women in Music at Cipriani Wall Street, in New York, in 2014. (Rex)

<p>Franklin with President Obama at the Eric Holder Portrait unveiling ceremony, Washington D.C., 27 February 2015. President Obama has quoted Franklin as one of his favourite singers of all time several times.<br>Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (4466798q) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Franklin with President Obama at the Eric Holder Portrait unveiling ceremony, Washington D.C., 27 February 2015. President Obama has quoted Franklin as one of his favourite singers of all time several times.
Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (4466798q)

<p>Aretha Franklin performs at the world premiere of “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” at Radio City Music Hall, during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. (PA) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin performs at the world premiere of “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” at Radio City Music Hall, during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. (PA)

<p>Aretha Franklin in concert at The Mann Center, Philadelphia, in 2017. (Rex) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

Aretha Franklin in concert at The Mann Center, Philadelphia, in 2017. (Rex)

<p>In one of the most recent images of Franklin, she was pictured at<br>the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Gala in November 2017. (Rex) </p>
Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

In one of the most recent images of Franklin, she was pictured at
the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Gala in November 2017. (Rex)

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