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'Respect' Wasn't A Feminist Anthem Until Aretha Franklin Made It One

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Detroit native Aretha Franklin sings the national anthem prior to the start of the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings game at Ford Field on November 24, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images hide caption

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Cooking Tamales For The Beatles: Guest DJ Sandra Cisneros

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Aretha Franklin became a star on the Atlantic record label after leaving Columbia. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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Aretha Franklin Before Atlantic: The Columbia Years

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'Queen Of Soul' Determined To Get It Right

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Aretha Franklin Gives Christmas A Soulful Twist

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Sam Cooke's Swan Song of Protest

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Listen to this 'Talk of the Nation' topic

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Aretha Franklin's Globe-Nominated Performance

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Ahmet Ertegun Earned Aretha Franklin's Respect

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Dan Penn: 'A Little Something I Like' in Music

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Arif Mardin: Tales from the Recording Studio

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Aretha Franklin, a Life of Soul

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Cole Porter contributed many songs to the Great American Songbook, including "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Get a Kick Out of You." Sasha/Hulton Archive hide caption

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Aretha Franklin Is Looking For The Next Great Star ... Of Opera

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The new Aretha Franklin compilation Take a Look features the legendary singer's music from her years with Columbia Records. Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Aretha Franklin: 'Take A Look' Back At The Columbia Years

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The Sock-It-To-Me Truth Of 'Respect'

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