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“Respect” by Aretha Franklin

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1967 original cover of Otis Redding’ Respect


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    “Respect” is an R&B song recorded by Aretha Franklin. Originally written and recorded by Otis Redding in 1965, Franklin’s version was her first number one hit and established her as the “Queen of Soul”. Her sister Carolyn came up with the idea for Aretha to spell out the title. The legendary studio musicians at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, added a bridge with the chord changes from Sam and Dave’s “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby”.

    Rolling Stone Top 500: Respect was selected number five (5) in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in December 9, 2004. See Rolling Stone.

    Song Title: “Respect”
    Artist: Aretha Franklin
    Genre: R&B
    Composer: Copyright © 1965 Otis Redding
    Lead Vocals: Aretha Franklin
    Backing Vocals: Carolyn and Erma Franklin
    Rhythm Guitar: Cornell Dupree
    Keyboards: Dewey Oldham
    Bass: Tommy Cogbill
    Drums: Gene Chrisman
    Saxophone: King Curtis (Curtis Ousley, lead solo), Willie Bridges, Charles Chalmers
    Producer: Jerry Wexler
    Recorded: February 14, 1967, Atlantic Studios, New York City, New York
    Released: April 1967 (Atlantic)
    United States chart position: 12 weeks, #1
    United Kingdon chart position: #10

    Summary quotation from Wikipedia: “Respect” is a song written and originally released by Stax recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. “Respect” became a 1967 hit and signature song for R&B singer Aretha Franklin. The music in the two versions is significantly different, and through a few minor changes in the lyrics, the stories told by the songs have a different flavor. Redding’s version is a plea from a desperate man who will give his woman anything she wants. He won’t care if she does him wrong, as long as he gets his due respect when he comes home (“respect” being a euphemism). However, Franklin’s version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his “respect”. Franklin’s version adds the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” chorus and the backup singers’ refrain of “Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to meƒ”
    Franklin’s cover was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, earning her two Grammy Awards in 1968 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Recording” and “Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female”, and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2002, the Library of Congress honored Franklin’s version by adding it to the National Recording Registry. It is number five on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Franklin included a live recording on the album “Aretha in Paris” (1968). —from Wikipedia (the Wikipedia:Text of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License applies to Wikipedia’s block of text and possible accompanying picture, along with any alterations, transformations, and/or building upon Wikipedia’s original text that BluesinPublic applied to this block of text)


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