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Whitney Houston (shown here performing in 1994) starred in the movie Waiting To Exhale, and contributed several songs to its breathtaking, beloved soundtrack. Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: Lauryn Hill, Joni Mitchell (Blue album cover), PJ Harvey (Rid of Me album cover), Nina Simone, Ofra Haza (Fifty Gates of Wisdom album cover), Aretha Franklin. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Turning The Tables Takes Over All Songs Considered

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Aretha Franklin on stage at the "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in April. The singer has said she will retire from performing live this year. Theo Wargo/Getty Images hide caption

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Aretha Franklin poses for the cameras in 1968. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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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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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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Cooking Tamales For The Beatles: Guest DJ Sandra Cisneros

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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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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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'Queen Of Soul' Determined To Get It Right

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