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Flowers and tributes are placed on the Star for Aretha Franklin on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood California after the music icon legendary singer and

I'm not sure what your Thursday entailed, but mine involved listening to Aretha Franklin songs on repeat while I worked in the office and read a few stunning tributes to the "Queen of Soul", who had died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.

The singer-songwriter began by telling the TV news show about his plans to collaborate on new music with Franklin, who died Thursday morning.

Franklin was cemented as a superstar in the 1960's, with classic hits such as "Respect", "Think", "I Say A Little Prayer" and "Chain of Fools" making her an icon around the world.

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"She was the first black woman to go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". In an excellent tribute in the Providence Journal, Andy Smith describes a phone interview he did with Franklin in 1997.

"For more than 50 years, she stirred our souls".

"It's hard to conceive of a world without her". One of the bestselling recording artists of all time, she became famous in the 1960s as a singer with a uniquely expressive voice possessing great passion and control. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female. She collaborated with Lauryn Hill, who wrote and produced Franklin's song "A Rose Is Still A Rose", the title track from her final Gold album. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on.

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"I find it disturbing and sad, and a reflection of his endless narcissism", said David Ritz, who spent years with Franklin seeking to understand the guarded performer for his 2014 biography, "Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin". "To this day I still listen to that record and I still get goosebumps".

Franklin earned her title "the Queen of Soul" with a voice could be both powerful and plaintive. But while Sam Cooke and Ray Charles made the jump before her, "When Aretha's vocals got unleashed, they believed that God was everywhere".

A moment they had met, spoken, or seen her at the hairdresser.

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Franklin lived with local firefighter Willie Wilkerson for thirty years before she died, but when they got engaged in 2012, a tabloid report claimed that her sons were anxious that he would steal their inheritance.

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