Aretha Franklin has died after a battle with cancer. She was 76.
Her many admirers included Elton, who called her ''the greatest soul singer ever--and one of the most underrated pianists.''
She teamed up with Elton for the title track of her 1989 album, Through The Storm. It hit #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
Franklin began her vocal career as a teenager, singing gospel hymns in her father’s Detroit church. She went on to have 77 Hot 100 chart entries, and won 18 Grammy awards. In 1987, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Aretha's last performance was on behalf of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, at last year's New York City benefit.