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Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” who was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died Thursday of advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Franklin helped transform American music and notched 77 Hot 100 chart entries, and earned an astounding 18 Grammys out of 44 nominations. Her classic songs included “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Baby I Love You,” “Angel,” “Think,” “Rock Steady,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Freeway of Love.”

Written by Madison365 staff

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