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She died at just 44-years-old leaving behind one hefty legacy.
Ella Fitzgerald With 13 Grammy's under her belt, Fitzgerald, who died 20 years ago aged 79, was an extraordinary vocalist who fought her way to the top.
Born in 1946, this "punk poet laureate", fused rock and poetry in her work and broke through with her 1975 debut album Horses.
She first decided to be a singer at 16 after success at a talent show and went on to become known as "the first lady of song" most famously performing with Duke Ellington's band and touring internationally with Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie.
Aretha Franklin With hits like Respect and Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves there's little debating Franklin's kick-ass credentials in a career so far spanning over 50 years.
Janis Joplin From her earliest years Joplin called it how she saw it, regardless of what anyone thought.
Bullied at school for sticking up for her alternative views and branded "a freak" and "a n****r lover", singing was her escape route from the small town that she didn't fit into.