Franklin also recorded several Broadway songs, including "What I Did For Love" from A Chorus Line, only available on the LP Sweet Passion.
Sir Elton John was among the first of Franklin's peers to pay tribute following her death. "From seeing her as a baby singing and playing at the piano at her father's home, to her giving a rousing performance at the White House, she has always been incredible".
"As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this hard time".
"Our hearts go out to her family and her countless fans". I adored her and worshipped her talent.
The teenage Aretha cuts loose in the '50s, revving up a raucous congregation at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.
When Rolling Stone Magazine listed its 100 greatest singers of all time in 2010, they put her No. 1.
"Among her illustrious career of soul, rock & roll and R&B hits, Franklin famously starred in John Landis" 1980 musical comedy The Blues Brothers.
Baby's body found floating in river near Brooklyn Bridge
Police arrived just minutes later and brought the baby onto the pedestrian walkway where they continued CPR until EMS responded. Miller says another tourist, who was a doctor, went into the river and began performing CPR on the child.
"Although I didn't grow up listening to her I knew she was a legend", she said.
Over the years, Franklin received 18 Grammy Awards and sold tens of millions of records.
Aretha Franklin, one of the most well-loved singers of all time, has died aged 76 after battling pancreatic cancer. But Aretha did and she raised the roof. She sang and played magnificently, and we all wept. "By 1968, Franklin was an established soul chart-topper with hits like "Respect", "Chain of Fools" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".
"I was talking to Smokey Robinson, my oldest best friend Smokey, talking about the fact that some doctors are not very well acquainted with faith healing", she told the AP.
"She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever", he tweeted.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said her music would inspire people for generations. In 2005, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was a living manifestation of pride - but there was always something unknowable in Aretha Franklin, the suggestion of a pain she would not share. No matter how the music has changed over the years, she remained so relevant.