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Sound Made Flesh: The Inventive Force Of Aretha's Gospel

On gospel recordings such as 1987's One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, Aretha Franklin captured something sacred in the sound of black life.Bill Marino/Sygma via Getty Imageshide caption

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We Still Can't Comprehend The Power Of Aretha Franklin's Voice

Aretha Franklin's music regularly disclosed a vulnerability and insecurity residing within the head that wore the "Queen of Soul" crown.Andrew H. Walker/Getty Imageshide caption

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We Still Can't Comprehend The Power Of Aretha Franklin's Voice

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The Life And Legacy Of Aretha Franklin: An All Songs Considered Remembrance

Aretha Franklin on The Andy Williams Show in 1969.Fred A. Sabine/NBC via Getty Imageshide caption

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The Life And Legacy Of Aretha Franklin: An All Songs Considered Remembrance

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'The Voice Of A Century': Michael Eric Dyson Looks Back On Aretha Franklin's Life

Michael Eric Dyson (left) and Aretha Franklin at Franklin's birthday dinner in March 2011 in New York City.Monica Morgan/WireImagehide caption

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'The Voice Of A Century': Michael Eric Dyson Looks Back On Aretha Franklin's Life

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The Queen Of Soul: Celebrating Aretha Franklin's Immeasurable Contributions

Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in February 2012 in New York City.Neilson Barnard/Getty Imageshide caption

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World Cafe Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

Aretha Franklin sings in the studio during during her early career at Columbia Records.Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Imageshide caption

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Aretha Franklin: The 'Fresh Air' Interview

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Aretha Franklin, The 'Queen Of Soul,' Dies At 76

Aretha Franklin, pictured in 1968, has died. Known as the Queen of Soul, she recorded 17 top 10 singles.Express Newspapers/Getty Imageshide caption

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Aretha Franklin, The 'Queen Of Soul,' Dies At 76

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Till Victory Is Won: The Staying Power Of 'Lift Every Voice And Sing'

Beyoncé performed "Lift Every Voice and Sing" during her set at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April.Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachellahide caption

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Till Victory Is Won: The Staying Power Of 'Lift Every Voice And Sing'

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Erykah Badu On Stand-Up, Meeting Prince And 'Unpopular Opinions'

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Erykah Badu On Stand-Up, Meeting Prince And 'Unpopular Opinions'

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Boz Scaggs On World Cafe

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Boz Scaggs On World Cafe

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