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Aretha Franklin: 1942 - 2018
Aretha Franklin, the long-reigning “Queen of Soul,” dies at age 76.
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January 20, 2009
Aretha Franklin sings during the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Barack Obama in Washington,...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Aretha Franklin sings during the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Barack Obama in Washington...
Aretha Franklin sings during the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Barack Obama in Washington, January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)
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February 11, 2008
Aretha Franklin performs "Never Gonna Break My Faith" at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Aretha Franklin performs at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
Aretha Franklin performs "Never Gonna Break My Faith" at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 10, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)
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November 08, 2017
Aretha Franklin performs during the commemoration of the Elton John AIDS Foundation 25th year fall gala...
New York, UNITED STATES
Aretha Franklin performs during the commemoration of the Elton John AIDS Foundation 25th year fall gala...
Aretha Franklin performs during the commemoration of the Elton John AIDS Foundation 25th year fall gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, in New York, U.S. November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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February 09, 2014
BET honoree singer Aretha Franklin performs onstage at BET Honors 2014 at Warner Theatre in Washington...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Aretha Franklin performs onstage at BET Honors 2014 at Warner Theatre
BET honoree singer Aretha Franklin performs onstage at BET Honors 2014 at Warner Theatre in Washington on February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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February 09, 2008
Aretha Franklin, winner of 17 Grammy awards, is interviewed as she arrives to be honored as the 2008...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Aretha Franklin is interviewed as she arrives to be honored as the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year...
Aretha Franklin, winner of 17 Grammy awards, is interviewed as she arrives to be honored as the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year at a special dinner and concert in Los Angeles February 8, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES)
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October 16, 2011
U.S. President Barack Obama watches as first lady Michelle Obama (L) thanks singer Aretha Franklin at...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Singer Aretha Franklin and U.S. President Obama with first lady in Washington
U.S. President Barack Obama watches as first lady Michelle Obama (L) thanks singer Aretha Franklin at the dedication ceremony of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in West Potomac Park in Washington, October 16, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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February 27, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) escorts singer Aretha Franklin as Attorney General Eric Holder (L) bows...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Obama attends Attorney General Holder's official portrait unveiling in Washington
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) escorts singer Aretha Franklin as Attorney General Eric Holder (L) bows in surprise after the unveiling of Holder's official portrait at the Dept. of Justice, in Washington, February 27, 2015. Holder, the first African-American attorney general, serving since 2009, will be succeeded by Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman to hold the position if confirmed by the Senate. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 18, 2012
Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton...
New York, UNITED STATES
Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York
Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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May 18, 2011
Oprah Winfrey (L) hugs singer Usher (2nd L) next to actor Tom Cruise (2nd R) and singer Aretha Franklin...
Chicago, UNITED STATES
Oprah Winfrey hugs singer Usher during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago
Oprah Winfrey (L) hugs singer Usher (2nd L) next to actor Tom Cruise (2nd R) and singer Aretha Franklin (R) during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago May 17, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 02, 2006
Singer Stevie Wonder (L) greets singer Aretha Franklin (R) before a news conference for Super Bowl XL...
Detroit, UNITED STATES
Stevie Wonder greets Aretha Franklin at Super Bowl XL pre-game entertainers news conference in Detroit...
Singer Stevie Wonder (L) greets singer Aretha Franklin (R) before a news conference for Super Bowl XL pre-game entertainers in Detroit, Michigan, February 2, 2006. Joining them onstage is Aaron Neville (left rear) and India.Arie. REUTERS/Sam Mircovich
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July 28, 2010
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) accompanies performer Aretha Franklin during a performance...
Philadelphia, UNITED STATES
Former Secretary of State Rice accompanies performer Franklin during a performance of the Philadelphia...
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) accompanies performer Aretha Franklin during a performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2010. . REUTERS/John Randolph (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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September 29, 1999
US President Bill Clinton awards singer Aretha Franklin with a 1999 National Medal of the Arts as first...
Washington, USA
US President Bill Clinton awards singer Aretha Franklin with a 1999 National Medal of the Arts as fi.....
US President Bill Clinton awards singer Aretha Franklin with a 1999 National Medal of the Arts as first lady Hillary Clinton looks on. [In all, Clinton awarded 19 medals in both the Humanities and the Arts ]. ??»
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May 02, 1999
President Bill Clinton gives Aretha Franklin a standing ovation during her performance at the White House...
Washington, USA
CLINTON GIVES ARETHA FRANKLIN A STANDING OVATION.
President Bill Clinton gives Aretha Franklin a standing ovation during her performance at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner Saturday, May 1. Clinton arrived late for the dinner and poked fun at himself and Vice President Al Gore during his remarks to the Association.

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September 19, 2012
Singer Aretha Franklin performs during a tribute concert to composer Marvin Hamlisch in New York September...
New York, UNITED STATES
Singer Aretha Franklin performs during a tribute concert to composer Marvin Hamlisch in New York
Singer Aretha Franklin performs during a tribute concert to composer Marvin Hamlisch in New York September 18, 2012. Hamlisch, the award-winning composer of numerous hit records, musicals and movies, died in Los Angeles on August 6, 2012 at the age of 68. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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December 05, 2008
Singer Aretha Franklin performs during the 85th annual Christmas tree lighting at the New York Stock...
New York, UNITED STATES
Singer Aretha Franklin performs during the 85th annual Christmas tree lighting at the New York Stock...
Singer Aretha Franklin performs during the 85th annual Christmas tree lighting at the New York Stock Exchange December 4, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
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February 18, 2012
Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton...
New York, UNITED STATES
Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York
Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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September 04, 2003
Aretha Franklin performs the Star-Spangled Banner on the National Mall
during the 2003 NFL Kickoff Live...
Washington, United States of America
ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE NATIONAL ANTHEIM.
Aretha Franklin performs the Star-Spangled Banner on the National Mall
during the 2003 NFL Kickoff Live concert in Washington, D.C., on September
4, 2003. The Washington Redskins opened the NFL season playing the New York
Jets at Fed Ex Field in Washington this evening. Pictures of the month
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April 30, 2016
Singer Aretha Franklin performs at an International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert on the South Lawn...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Singer Aretha Franklin performs at an International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert on the South Lawn...
Singer Aretha Franklin performs at an International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S. April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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December 03, 2007
Singer Aretha Franklin arrives for the Kennedy Center Honors show in Washington December 2, 2007. The...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Singer Franklin arrives for Kennedy Center Honors show in Washington
Singer Aretha Franklin arrives for the Kennedy Center Honors show in Washington December 2, 2007. The 2007 honorees are pianist Leon Fleisher, actor Steve Martin, singer Diana Ross, film director Martin Scorsese and musician Brian Wilson. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)
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November 09, 2005
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) presents his Presidential Medal of Freedom to soul legend Aretha Franklin...
Washington, UNITED STATES
U.S President Bush presents freedom medal to Aretha Franklin at the White House in Washington
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) presents his Presidential Medal of Freedom to soul legend Aretha Franklin at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington November 9, 2005. Bush presented the highest civil award recognizing exceptional meritorious service to 14 honorees from the sport, entertainment and political world at the ceremony. PP05110140 REUTERS/Jason Reed
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November 02, 2005
Aretha Franklin sings at a funeral for civil rights activist Rosa Parks in Detroit, Michigan, November...
Detroit, UNITED STATES
Aretha Franklin sings at funeral for civil rights activist Rosa Parks in Detroit
Aretha Franklin sings at a funeral for civil rights activist Rosa Parks in Detroit, Michigan, November 2, 2005. Parks' refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white man 50 years ago helped break racial segregation in America. REUTERS/John Gress
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February 25, 1997
Clive Davis, president of Arista Records escorts singer Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," as they...
multiple countries
ARETHA FRANKLIN AND CLIVE DAVIS ARRIVE AT ARISTA RECORDS PARTY
Clive Davis, president of Arista Records escorts singer Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," as they arrived for the Arista Records pre-Grammy party February 25 at The Plaza hotel in New York. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences 39th annual Grammy Awards will be telecast March 26.

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January 06, 2002
Torchbearer, singer Aretha Franklin, carries the Olympic Flame during
the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torch...
Detroit, United States of America
SINGER ARETHA FRANKLIN CARRIES OLYMPIC TORCH IN DETROIT.
Torchbearer, singer Aretha Franklin, carries the Olympic Flame during
the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torch Relay in Detroit, Michigan January 6,
2002. the torch's 13,500-mile, 65-day journey across the United States
will end on February 8 with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron in
Salt Lake City. REUTERS/POOL/Todd Warshaw

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January 19, 1997
Singers Aretha Franklin and James Taylor perform for President Clinton and his family during the Presidential...
multiple countries
FRANKLIN AND TAYLOR ENTERTAIN CLINTONS AT INAUGURAL GALA
Singers Aretha Franklin and James Taylor perform for President Clinton and his family during the Presidential Inaugural Gala in Landover, January 19. The president attended the star-studded revue on the eve of his inauguration to start his second term.

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April 11, 2001
Singers Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder perform together during the finale of VH1's "Divas Live: The...
New York, USA
Singers Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder perform together during the finale of VH1's "Divas Live: T.....
Singers Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder perform together during the finale of VH1's "Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin" a live televised concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall, April 10, 2001.
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February 07, 2015
Singer Aretha Franklin (L) and entertainer Oprah Winfrey embrace at the 46th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena,...
Pasadena, UNITED STATES
Singer Aretha Franklin and entertainer Oprah Winfrey embrace at the 46th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena...
Singer Aretha Franklin (L) and entertainer Oprah Winfrey embrace at the 46th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California February 6, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (IMAGEAWARDS-SHOW)
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October 31, 2009
Singer Aretha Franklin performs with Annie Lennox (R) during the second of two 25th Anniversary Rock...
New York, UNITED STATES
Aretha Franklin performs with Annie Lennox during the second of two 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall...
Singer Aretha Franklin performs with Annie Lennox (R) during the second of two 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York October 30, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 12, 2011
Singer Aretha Franklin (L) sits courtside with the Rev. Jesse Jackson during the NBA basketball game...
Auburn Hills, UNITED STATES
Aretha Franklin sits courtside with the Rev. Jesse Jackson during the NBA basketball game between the...
Singer Aretha Franklin (L) sits courtside with the Rev. Jesse Jackson during the NBA basketball game between the Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat in Auburn Hills, Michigan February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
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February 05, 2006
Singers Aretha Franklin (L) and Aaron Neville perform the National Anthem before the NFL's Super Bowl...
Detroit, UNITED STATES
Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville perform National Anthem before Super Bowl XL in Detroit
Singers Aretha Franklin (L) and Aaron Neville perform the National Anthem before the NFL's Super Bowl XL between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks in Detroit, Michigan February 5, 2006. REUTERS/Shaun Best
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February 15, 2008
Actor Tyler Perry presents Aretha Franklin with the Vanguard Award at the 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Tyler Perry presents Aretha Franklin with the Vanguard Award at the 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards at...
Actor Tyler Perry presents Aretha Franklin with the Vanguard Award at the 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles February 14, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
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July 08, 2005
Singer Aretha Franklin (R) sings at musician Luther Vandross' funeral service in New York's Riverside...
New York, USA
Singer Aretha Franklin sings at musician Luther Vandross' funeral service in New York's Riverside Church....
Singer Aretha Franklin (R) sings at musician Luther Vandross' funeral service in New York's Riverside Church July 8, 2005. Vandross, an award winning R&B singer, passed away on July 1 at age 54. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine RFS/YH
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April 27, 1993
Rock star Rod Stewart (L) and actor Dustin Hoffman (R) join music legend Aretha Franklin on stage for...
Rock star Rod Stewart (L) and actor Dustin Hoffman (R) join music legend Aretha Franklin on stage fo.....
Rock star Rod Stewart (L) and actor Dustin Hoffman (R) join music legend Aretha Franklin on stage for a song during a show being taped in New York April 27
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June 05, 2005
U.S. singer Aretha Franklin (L) and Australian actor Hugh Jackman sing "Somewhere" from the classic musical...
New York, USA
Aretha Franklin and Hugh Jackman perform at 2005 Tony Awards in New York.
U.S. singer Aretha Franklin (L) and Australian actor Hugh Jackman sing "Somewhere" from the classic musical "West Side Story" during the American Theatre Wing's 59th Annual Tony Awards show at Radio City Music Hall in New York, June 5, 2005. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen MS/TC
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February 24, 1998
Singer Luciano Pavarotti gestures towards singer Aretha Franklin during a photo opportunity at the 1998...
New York, UNITED STATES
Singer Luciano Pavarotti gestures towards singer Aretha Franklin during a photo opportunity at the .....
Singer Luciano Pavarotti gestures towards singer Aretha Franklin during a photo opportunity at the 1998 MusiCares benefit dinner in New York February 23. Pavarotti was honored as the 1998 MusiCares Person of the Year for his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. The dinner benefited the MusiCares Foundation, which aids needy musicians with health and human services. Franklin sang an operatic song in tribute to Pavarotti at the dinner. Men in background are from the group Boyz II Men. The 40th Annual Grammy Awards will be presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York February 25 to an estimated 1.7 billion television viewers in 195 countries.
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April 10, 2001
Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige perform at "The One and Only Aretha Franklin" a live televised concert...
New York, USA
ARETHA FRANKLIN AND MARY J. BLIGE PERFORM TOGETHER AT VH1 DIVAS CONCERT.
Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige perform at "The One and Only Aretha Franklin" a live televised concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall, April 10, 2001.

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February 25, 1998
Singer Aretha Franklin poses with Blues Brothers John Goodman J. Evan Bonifant, Joe Morton and Dan Aykroyd...
Singer Aretha Franklin poses with Blues Brothers John Goodman J. Evan Bonifant, Joe Morton and Dan A.....
Singer Aretha Franklin poses with Blues Brothers John Goodman J. Evan Bonifant, Joe Morton and Dan Aykroyd after performing her song, Respect at the Grammy Awards February 25.
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April 10, 2001
Aretha Franklin performs with the Backstreet Boys at "The One and Only Aretha Franklin" a live televised...
New York, USA
ARETHA FRANKLIN AND THE BACK STREET BOYS PERFORM AT VH1 DIVAS CONCERT.
Aretha Franklin performs with the Backstreet Boys at "The One and Only Aretha Franklin" a live televised concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall, April 10, 2001.

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December 04, 1994
Singer Aretha Franklin and actor Kirk Douglas (C) listen to composer Morton Gould, after they received...
Singer Aretha Franklin and actor Kirk Douglas (C) listen to composer Morton Gould, after they receiv.....
Singer Aretha Franklin and actor Kirk Douglas (C) listen to composer Morton Gould, after they received the 17th annual Kennedy Center Honor December 4. The honorees received the award for their contribution to the American arts
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April 10, 2001
Aretha Franklin and Kid Rock perform at "The One and Only Aretha Franklin" a live televised concert at...
New York, USA
ARETHA FRANKLIN AND KID ROCK PERFORM AT VH1 DIVAS CONCERT.
Aretha Franklin and Kid Rock perform at "The One and Only Aretha Franklin" a live televised concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall, April 10, 2001.

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September 27, 2015
Pope Francis (R) listens as singer Aretha Franklin performs as he attends the Festival of Families rally...
Philadelphia, UNITED STATES
Pope Francis listens as singer Aretha Franklin performs as he attends the Festival of Families rally...
Pope Francis (R) listens as singer Aretha Franklin performs as he attends the Festival of Families rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 26, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 09, 2008
Singer Aretha Franklin performs after receiving the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year award during a...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
Franklin performs after receiving the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year award during a special dinner...
Singer Aretha Franklin performs after receiving the 2008 MusiCares Person of the Year award during a special dinner and concert in her honor in Los Angeles February 8, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES)
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April 03, 2018
A car drives by the house, slated to be moved to a new location, where singer Aretha Franklin was born...
Memphis, UNITED STATES
The Wider Image: Memphis 50 years after MLK's death
A car drives by the house, slated to be moved to a new location, where singer Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S., March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst SEARCH "MLK ERNST" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 04, 2011
Singer Aretha Franklin performs at the Candie's Foundation 10th anniversary "Event to Prevent" benefit...
New York, UNITED STATES
Singer Aretha Franklin performs at the Candie's Foundation 10th anniversary "Event to Prevent" benefit...
Singer Aretha Franklin performs at the Candie's Foundation 10th anniversary "Event to Prevent" benefit in New York May 3, 2011. The aim of the organization is to prevent teenage pregnancy. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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