31 photos to commemorate Aretha Franklin's life and music

Gospel singer Aretha Franklin died Thursday at age 76. Franklin’s storied singing career spanned many decades and influenced generations of musicians.

Below is a tribute to her peerless legacy with some of her most beautiful and legendary photos.

Aretha Franklin in 1971.

Posing for a portrait lying on a couch circa 1973.

Circa 1968.

In 1970.

Smoking a cigarette as she works in the studio by a microphone at Muscle Shoals Studios in 1969 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Performing in an undated photo.

Posing for a portrait circa 1965.

Posing for a portrait circa 1965.

Appearing on "The Andy Williams Show" in 1969.

Posing for a portrait circa 1967.

At the Muhammad Ali Variety Special in 1975.

Singing circa 1972.

Wearing a leather jacket in a 1990 portrait.

Performing on stage in 1968.

Portrait in 1973.

At a news conference in 1973.

Standing backstage wearing a gold embroidered gown and holding a Grammy Award, circa 1970.

Holding her Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues performance of the song "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in 1972.

Alongside Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Operation PUSH Soul Picnic at the 142nd Street Armory in New York in 1972.

Performing with James Brown at the Taboo nightclub in Detroit in 1987.

Reviewing a copy of her album "Aretha Franklin -- Soul '69" at Atlantic Records studios in 1969 in New York City.

Performing onstage at the New Victoria Theater in the United Kingdom circa 1980.

During the 59th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2005.

In 1968.

At the rehearsal for the "Aretha Franklin: Duets" concert to benefit the Gay Men's Health Crisis at New York's Nederlander Theatre in 1993.

Holding up her American Music Awards trophy in one hand and her shoes in the other as she poses for photographers backstage at the 10th annual American Music Awards.

Singing outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., during President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993.

Performing in 1989 at a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

With Arista Records chief Clive Davis at New York's Plaza Hotel for a pre-Grammy party thrown by Davis in 1997.

Rehearsing with the Blues Brothers at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the 40th Annual Grammy Awards.

Performing at "VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin" held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2001.

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