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Aretha Franklin dies at 76: Remembering the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Thursday at age 76. The 18-time Grammy winner, known for hits like "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman," and "Chain of Fools," left behind an imcomparable career that spanned seven decades. Here, The Los Angeles Times looks back at her life, her music and her impact.

Paul Simon on Aretha Franklin's version of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'

Paul Simon takes issue with a writer who suggests Aretha Franklin's version of Simon's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was deeper than Simon & Garfunkel's original recording

Aretha Franklin's funeral was as churchy as she was

Backed by a large choir and a band, the nearly seven-hour event’s strongest performers came out of the gospel tradition that Franklin was born into and that sustained her until her death two weeks ago at age 76.

Watch Aretha Franklin's funeral now as it livestreams from Detroit

Aretha Franklin's funeral is streaming live from Detroit today, where ceremonies are underway at Greater Grace Temple.

Here's how to watch Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday

Here's everything you need to know about Aretha Franklin's funeral, which starts 7 a.m. Friday on the West Coast and can be watched live as it unfolds at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple. The remembrance will include live performances by Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and more.

Quincy Jones on Aretha Franklin: 'She turned this country upside down'

Quincy Jones reflects on his "baby sis" Aretha Franklin, a woman he says "ruled from day one."

Mavis Staples remembers Aretha Franklin in her own words

Mavis Staples, a peer and longtime family friend of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, spoke to The Times on Friday from her home in Chicago about the long relationship the two shared.

Aretha Franklin's funeral set for Aug. 30 in Detroit

The funeral for music legend Aretha Franklin will be held Aug. 30 in her hometown of Detroit.

Patti Smith on Aretha Franklin: 'She’ll never be gone because she left us such an amazing body of work'

On Friday morning during an interview in advance of Pathway to Paris, an upcoming concert at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, the musician, writer and activist Patti Smith was asked for her thoughts on the passing of Aretha Franklin.

Watch Ariana Grande's classy tribute to Aretha Franklin

Ariana Grande sang "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" in tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin on Thursday night's edition of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.”

That time Aretha Franklin called the L.A. Times to explain what 'TCB' from 'Respect' means

Aretha Franklin once called a Times reporter to explain what the phrase "TCB" from her hit song "Respect" actually means.

Nine times Aretha Franklin's voice made iconic movies even better

Aretha Franklin, the late Queen of Soul, nearly stole the show when her songs appeared in critically acclaimed films such as "The Big Chill," "Forrest Gump" and "The Blues Brothers."

  • Perspective
There is no modern pop music without Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin's radical, generous gifts are in every glass of "Lemonade" poured today.

Aretha Franklin remembered as 'dear, dear friend' by music industry greats

After Aretha Franklin died Thursday, music industry bigwigs including Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, Ken Ehrlich and Neil Portnow shared their grief over her passing. They remembered the hitmaker as a Grammy winner, a pioneer and a treasured friend.

Aretha Franklin: Five must-own albums

As prolific as she was influential, Aretha Franklin released dozens of albums in a career that lasted longer than half a century. Here are five of her most important.

Read Barack Obama's poignant tribute to his friend Aretha Franklin

President Obama remembers "divine" Aretha Franklin, who performed at his first inauguration ceremony, as more than royalty.

  • Critic's Notebook
When Aretha sang opera at the Grammys, she renewed a beloved aria that had become a cliche

When Franklin stepped in to sing "Nessun Dorma" for an ailing Pavarotti, her version was more cover than classical, but it felt thrillingly true to the spirit of Puccini. A classical critic's take on the night Aretha sang from "Turandot."

Another Aretha Franklin distinction? She played the first concert at the Forum in Inglewood in 1968

In early 1968, Aretha Franklin was the first musical act to play at the Forum in Inglewood. "Miss Franklin ... easily demonstrated how she has topped the music business popularity polls," a Los Angeles Times reviewer wrote.

Recorded in Watts, Aretha Franklin's live album 'Amazing Grace' made gospel history on two days in 1972

A look back at "Amazing Grace," which captures Aretha Franklin at the peak of her powers. She’s in a Watts church in 1972. Her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, is there. Backing her is gospel star James Cleveland and his choir.

Aretha Franklin flaunted fashion fit for a queen

Aretha Franklin wasn't just a musical icon; her lavish fashion was also an inextricable part of her diva persona, both on — and off — the stage.

  • Must Reads
The night Aretha Franklin turned to opera and saved the Grammy Awards

Aretha Franklin was a last-minute replacement in 1998 for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti, singing the Puccini aria "Nessun Dorma," which the Italian tenor had been slated to perform, in a stunning display of her musical gifts.

Aretha could sing. She also had style

Aretha Franklin didn’t have style; she was style. Aretha was a “more is more” icon.

  • Appreciation
The voice was incredible, but Aretha Franklin at the piano was also pure magic

Aretha Franklin was crowned the greatest singer of all time in a 2010 Rolling Stone poll, but when she accompanied herself at the piano, something even more extraordinary transpired.

From McCartney to Streisand to Oprah, the world mourns Aretha Franklin as 'the queen of our souls'

Paul McCartney, Hillary Clinton, Diana Ross, Oprah Winfrey, the White House, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Smokey Robinson and Missy Elliott, among many others, react to the death of Aretha Franklin.

Aretha Franklin, who defined an era as the Queen of Soul, dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter who became the “Queen of Soul” and forged the template of the larger-than-life pop diva with her exuberant, gospel-rooted singing, has died. She was 76.

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