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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died at 76 years old. Her voice was unique and powerful, and she has helped to shape the sound of music in the U.S. and beyond with her decades of singles and No. 1 hits. (She sold over 75 million records during her career, for starters.)

And on top of being one of the best singers of our lifetime, Franklin was also a cultural icon around the world. She broke down barriers time and time again and was a force to be reckoned with throughout her life and career.

In honor of this marvelous woman, ahead are things you might not have known about her successes, her private life, and her history.
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