NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 19: The Queen of Soul & Living Legend Aretha Franklin performs to a SRO audience at the Ryman Auditorium on October 19, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

The incomparable Aretha Franklin blazed a trail for countless others and her indelible mark on music is next to none.  Her passing today at the age of 76 is a reminder that there has never been a voice like hers and there likely won’t be one ever again.

In honor of the Queen of Soul, we look back on her life through the images below.

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