Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul

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Franklin says she sang "all day, every day" as a young girl. One of three daughters of the Rev. Clarence Franklin, Aretha started out as a gospel singer in her father's church. In 1967 she issued her first Atlantic single, "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," a blues ballad that introduced listeners to her unique style.

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